Turkey’s president on Monday commemorated the 746th death anniversary of Sufi poet Mevlana Jalaluddin al-Rumi — a 13th century mystic, poet and Islamic scholar.

“We will move forward without despair and intimidation, and march towards future in unity and solidarity by meeting around our common values,” Erdogan said in a statement issued by Turkey’s Directorate of Communications.

“We will overcome all the obstacles that we face with the power of our great heritage,” he added.

Born into a Turkic family in 1207, in what is now Afghanistan, Rumi is one of the most widely read philosophers in the world,

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