Open Doors 2018

The Open Doors Report has been released! This annual report highlights the number of international students studying in the United States. Where do students study abroad? How are enrollment numbers changing from year to year? Be sure to check out the report to discover the latest trends in international education. 2018 Open Doors Report The U.S. Department of State, ...
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Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation

The U.S. Embassy Turkey and the Cultural Heritage Center of the Bureau of Education and Cultural Affairs of the Department of State are pleased to announce the 2019 call for proposals for the Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation (AFCP) Competition. AFCP was established to support countries in preserving their cultural heritage and to demonstrate U.S. ...
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Statement on U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Matthew Palmer’s Visit to Ankara, Turkey

U.S. Embassy Ankara Ankara, Turkey November 6, 2018 Over the past two days I have been very pleased to have my first visit to Ankara since assuming my position as U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs.  During this visit I met with a number of high-level Turkish government officials, business ...
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The U.S. Embassy Grants Program

The U.S. Embassy in Ankara announces its country-wide Grants Program. Funding is available to support projects that address one or more of the following key bilateral themes: • Support Shared Security – Projects for consideration in this category could/should support and advance cooperation between the United States and Turkey on defeating ISIS/DAESH and other extremist ...
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CJTF-OIR and Turkish Military Begin Combined Joint Patrols

COMBINED JOINT TASK FORCE OPERATION INHERENT RESOLVE Public Affairs Office November 1, 2018 SOUTHWEST ASIA—Coalition and Turkish military forces initiated combined joint patrols northwest of Manbij this morning. The combined joint patrols allow Coalition and Turkish military forces to complement the local security structure for security and stability in Manbij. Maintaining security and stability in ...
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Routine Message to U.S. Citizens: Upcoming Move of the Istanbul Airport

The Government of Turkey has announced the opening of a new Istanbul airport as early as October 29, 2018.  Flight operations from Ataturk International (IST) will be transferred to the new airport.  Associated flight delays or travel disruptions are possible.  Please contact your airline for details and updates. Assistance: U.S. Embassy, Ankara +90-312-455-5555 https://tr.usembassy.gov/ U.S. Consulate ...
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Message for U.S. Citizens: Opportunities to Return Voted Ballots

Don’t wait, return your voted ballot right away! The majority of states require voted ballots to reach local election officials by the close of polls on Tuesday, November 6th. Consult and carefully review your state’s voting procedures at www.FVAP.gov . We recommend that you return your voted paper ballot to your local election officials for the ...
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Message for U.S. Citizens: Newsletter for U.S. Citizens (August 2018-American Outlook)

American Outlook American Citizen Services United States Mission, Turkey August 2018 Newsletter Featured in this issue: Personal Security While Abroad Voting in U.S. Elections from Overseas New IRS Mobile Phone App Ordering Transcripts and Copies of Tax Returns Expiring ITIN? Renew Soon to Avoid Refund Delays Holidays Contact Information You may visit our website at ...
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Chargé d’Affaires Hovenier Visits Anitkabir

Jeffrey M. Hovenier, the new U.S. Embassy Chargé d’Affaires, a.i., visited Anıtkabir and laid a wreath at the tomb of Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, the founder and first President of modern Turkey. Chargé d’Affaires Hovenier signed the Anıtkabir honor book and wrote: Out of deep respect and admiration for the great and distinguished leader of the ...
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Demonstration Alert – U.S. Embassy Ankara, Turkey

Location: In front of U.S. Embassy in Ankara, Turkey, on Ataturk Boulevard, in Kavaklidere neighborhood. Event: A demonstration is expected to take place near the U.S. Embassy in Ankara, Turkey today, August 3, 2018, beginning at 11:00 a.m.   A union opposing U.S. sanctions on Turkey announced the protest on social media. The U.S. Diplomatic Mission ...
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2018 Investment Climate Statements

Economic officers stationed at U.S. embassies and diplomatic missions around the world prepare these annual reports analyzing 170 foreign markets to help U.S. companies make informed business decisions. This year’s reports feature a new, streamlined format to help U.S. companies more easily access information about countries that have implemented business-friendly reforms, export opportunities around the ...
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Press Briefing – Assistant Secretary of the Treasury for Terrorist Financing Marshall Billingslea

Marshall Billingslea Assistant Secretary for Terrorist Financing U.S. Department of the Treasury Press Briefing Ankara, Turkey July 20, 2018 Media:  The Treasury said recently that some countries who are not really able to [inaudible], and I was wondering if Turkey is one of those countries and whether this is what you discussed today in your ...
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An excerpt from U.S. Department of State Spokesperson Heather Nauert’s Daily Press Briefing

Department Press Briefing Heather Nauert Spokesperson Washington, DC -July 18, 2018 … QUESTION: And if I could ask you a question about Turkey today, that the Turkish court rejected Pastor Andrew Brunson’s appeal to be released from prison – what’s your response to that? MS NAUERT: I can tell you we have obviously been very ...
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Remarks by Charge d’Affaires Philip Kosnett at the Independence Day Reception

Ankara- July 2, 2018 In 1776 in Philadelphia – in the midst of a great struggle of national liberation – the Continental Congress signed the Declaration of Independence. But while our Declaration of Independence set out the reasons that Americans sought to chart their own course into the future, it did not settle the question ...
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Who Are the 2018 Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Report Heroes?

By  Kari Johnstone  on June 28, 2018 Each year, the Department of State honors individuals from around the world who have devoted their lives to the fight against human trafficking. These individuals have included NGO workers, community activists, lawmakers, police officers, survivors of human trafficking, and concerned citizens. They are recognized for their tireless efforts–despite resistance, opposition, and threats to ...
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Chargé D’Affaires Philip S. Kosnett visits Dr. Serkan Golge in prison

Chargé d’Affaires Philip S. Kosnett visited detained U.S. citizen and NASA physicist Dr. Serkan Golge in prison on June 20.  On February 8, 2018, Dr. Golge was convicted and sentenced to seven and a half years in prison for alleged involvement in terrorism.  We have seen no evidence to indicate wrongdoing and remain deeply concerned ...
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Consulate Adana Celebrates U.S. Independence Day

U.S. Consulate Adana hosted the 242nd anniversary of U.S. Independence with a reception at Sheraton Grand Adana Hotel on July 21, 2018. U.S. Chargé d’Affaires Philip Kosnett hosted the event, together with U.S. Consul Adana Linda Stuart Specht. Guests from government, business, media, education and civil society, as well as American citizens in Consulate Adana’s ...
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U.S.-Turkey Joint Statement

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson June 4, 2018 MEDIA NOTE U.S.-Turkey Joint Statement The Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Turkey Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu and U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo met on June 4 in Washington, D.C.  They reaffirmed that Turkey and the United States remain committed to addressing their ...
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Pompeo: Religious freedom is ‘a universal human right’

Secretary of State Pompeo called religious freedom “a right belonging to every individual on the globe” and said the U.S. “stands with those who yearn for religious liberty.” Pompeo spoke May 29 as the State Department released the  2017 International Religious Freedom Report  describing the state of religious freedom in countries around the world. This year marks the 20th anniversary ...
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LGBTI Pride Month

Press Statement Mike Pompeo Secretary of State Washington, DC – June 1, 2018 The United States joins people around the world in celebrating Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Intersex (LGBTI) Pride Month, and reaffirms its commitment to protecting and defending the human rights of all, including LGBTI persons. In many parts of the world, LGBTI ...
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Joint Statement Following May 25 Talks in Ankara

The Turkish-U.S. Working Group on Syria met today in Ankara to continue ongoing conversations regarding Syria and other issues of mutual interest and cooperation. The two sides outlined the main contours of a Road Map for their further cooperation in ensuring security and stability in Manbij. Foreign Minister Çavuşoğlu and Secretary Pompeo will meet on ...
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Demonstration Alert – U.S. Embassy Ankara, Turkey

Location: Various locations throughout Turkey  Event: Numerous campaign and political gatherings will take place leading up to Presidential and Parliamentary elections on June 24. Political parties or other groups may announce specific locations and dates of gatherings via traditional or social media, and gatherings may also occur with little advance warning. The U.S. Embassy and ...
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After the Deal: A New Iran Strategy

Secretary Pompeo (May 21): We'll continue to work with allies to counter the regime's destabilizing activities in the region, block their financing of terror, and address Iran's proliferation of missiles and other advanced weapons systems that threaten peace and stability. We will also ensure Iran has no path to a nuclear weapon -- not now, ...
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Demonstration Alert: U.S. Embassy Ankara, Turkey

Location:  Throughout Turkey Event:  Potential demonstrations against U.S. policy The upcoming relocation of the U.S. Embassy in Israel on May 14 may spark protests, some of which have the potential to become violent. The U.S. Embassy and its Consulates are aware that media sources have reported on several planned protests throughout Turkey on the afternoon ...
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Southeast Businesswomen Summit Took Place in Mardin

U.S. Consulate Adana, in cooperation with Junior Chamber International (JCI) Diyarbakır, organized the fifth Southeast Businesswomen’s Summit in Mardin. Turkish Union of Chambers and Commodity Exchanges (TOBB) Women Entrepreneurs Council Mardin Provincial Chair Deniz Hitay, U.S. Consul Adana Linda Stuart Specht, JCI Turkey President Nihan Zoroğlu and JCI Diyarbakır President Semih Çetintaş, as well as ...
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Security Alert – U.S. Embassy Ankara, Turkey

Location:  Throughout Turkey Event:  Turkey celebrates International Workers’ Day (Labor Day) on May 1, 2018.  Historically, political parties, labor unions, and other non-governmental organizations stage large rallies and marches in public squares and other places throughout the country to mark the national holiday. U.S. citizens should expect: increased police presence in traditional gathering places in ...
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U.S. Aviation Sales to Turkey

Statement by Heather Nauert, Spokesperson April 26, 2018 We congratulate Turkish Airlines on its March 12 announcement to order 25 Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners with an option for five more airplanes, and its subsequent agreement on April 25 to purchase GE engines for those planes.  These deals together total over $10 billion, create and sustain more than ...
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Statement by the President on Armenian Remembrance Day 2018

White House April 24, 2018 Today we commemorate the Meds Yeghern, one of the worst mass atrocities of the 20th century, when one and a half million Armenians were deported, massacred, or marched to their deaths in the final years of the Ottoman Empire. We recall the horrific events of 1915 and grieve for the ...
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Readout of President Donald J. Trump’s Call with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey

THE WHITE HOUSE Office of the Press Secretary April 11, 2018 Readout of President Donald J. Trump’s Call with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey President Donald J. Trump spoke today with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey to discuss the current crisis in Syria. The two leaders agreed to stay in close contact about ...
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Remarks by Christina Higgins at Gala Screening of Turkish Film Ayla: The Daughter of War

Christina Higgins Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs, U.S. Department of State Remarks at Gala Screening of Turkish Film Ayla: The Daughter of War Friday, March 30, 2018, 7 p.m.   Thank you for your kind introduction and for inviting me to speak at today’s screening ...
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Message for U.S. Citizens: Newsletter for U.S. Citizens (April 2018 – American Outlook)

American Outlook American Citizen Services United States Mission, Turkey April 2018 Newsletter Featured in this quarter’s issue: The State of Emergency U.S. Passport Execution Fee Increase to $35 Personal Data and Emergency Contact Page of U.S. Passports Tax Time Guide: IRS Publication 17 helps taxpayers with 2017 taxes IRS: Unclaimed 2014 refunds worth $1.1 billion ...
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Press Release on the 5th Turkey-U.S. Defense Industry Trade Dialogue

March 30, 2018 The 5th session of the Turkey-U.S. Defense Industry Trade Dialogue, initially launched in Washington, D.C., in 2014, was held in Ankara on March 30, 2018. Representatives of the Turkish General Staff, Ministry of Defense, Ministry of Economy, and Defense Industry Undersecretariat, and officials from the U.S. Department of State, Department on Defense, ...
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Readout of President Donald J. Trump’s Call with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey

THE WHITE HOUSE Office of the Press Secretary March 30, 2018 Readout of President Donald J. Trump’s Call With President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey President Donald J. Trump spoke today with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey to discuss regional developments and the strategic partnership between the United States and Turkey.  The two leaders ...
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Readout of President Donald J. Trump’s Call with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey

THE WHITE HOUSE Office of the Press Secretary March 22, 2018 Readout of President Donald J. Trump’s Call with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey President Donald J. Trump spoke today with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey to reaffirm the importance of strong relations between the United States and Turkey, as NATO Allies and ...
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U.S.-Turkey Bilateral Exchange on Anti-Money Laundering and Countering the Financing of Terrorism

Assistant Secretary of the Treasury for Terrorist Financing Marshall Billingslea visited Ankara, Turkey on March 20-22.  Assistant Secretary Billingslea led the U.S. delegation to the U.S.-Turkey Bilateral Exchange on anti-money laundering and countering the financing of terrorism (AML/CFT).  Comprised of officials from the U.S. Departments of the Treasury and State, the delegation engaged Government of Turkey ...
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On the Occasion of Nowruz

Press Statement by the Deputy Secretary of State John J. Sullivan on the Occasion of Nowruz: As spring arrives, I wish the people of Iran and everyone who celebrates this wonderful tradition a happy Nowruz.
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Paralympic Athletes and Life #WithoutLimits

By  Ashley Faler  on March 9, 2018 A record number of 670 athletes will participate in the 2018 Paralympic Games in PyeongChang, South Korea this month. Paralympians will participate in over 80 medal events across six different sports, showing how they live everyday #WithoutLimits. Since 2002, promoting the rights of people with disabilities has been a pillar ...
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International Women’s Day

Each year around the world, International Women’s Day is celebrated on March 8. Thousands of events occur not just on this day but throughout March to mark the economic, political, and social achievements of women. Organisations, governments, charities, educational institutions, women’s groups, corporations, and the media celebrate the day. This year, International Women’s Day comes ...
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Global Partnerships Week

Five Things you Should Know About 2018 Global Partnerships Week By  DipNote Bloggers  on March 6, 2018 Happy Global Partnerships Week: March 5-9, 2018! Global Partnerships Week (GPW) is co-hosted each year by the  Office of Global Partnerships at the U.S. Department of State, the U.S. Global Development Lab at the U.S. Agency for International Development, Concordia, and PeaceTech Lab. Here are a few ...
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Security Alert – U.S. Diplomatic Mission to Turkey

Ankara, Turkey March 5, 2018 Location: U.S. Embassy Ankara, Kavaklidere district, Ankara. Embassy Ankara informs U.S. citizens that the U.S. Embassy in Ankara will be closed to the public on March 6, 2018 due to a security threat.  The Embassy will announce its reopening once it resumes services. During this period, the Embassy will only ...
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Women’s History Month

The Library of Congress, National Archives and Records Administration, National Endowment for the Humanities, National Gallery of Art, National Park Service, Smithsonian Institution and United States Holocaust Memorial Museum join in commemorating and encouraging the study, observance and celebration of the vital role of women in American history. Woman’s History Site from the National Archives ...
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Security Alert – U.S. Diplomatic Mission to Turkey

Ankara, Turkey March 4, 2018 Location: U.S. Embassy Ankara, Kavaklidere district, Ankara. Embassy Ankara informs U.S. citizens that the U.S. Embassy in Ankara will be closed to the public on March 5, 2018, due to a security threat.  The Embassy will announce its reopening, once it resumes services. During this period, only emergency services will ...
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Demonstration Alert – U. S. Consulate Adana, Turkey (March 2, 2018)

Location: Announced gathering points include, but are not limited to, the following neighborhoods in Adana : Mimar Sinan Acik Hava Amfisi (Mimar Sinan Open Air Theatre)   Mustafa Kemal Pasa Bulvari ( Mustafa Kemal Pasa Boulevard) Ugur Mumcu Meydani (Train Station Square) at Ziyapasa Bulvari Event: A potentially large demonstration is expected to take place ...
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President Donald J. Trump Proclaims March 2018 as Women’s History Month

Our history is rich with amazing stories of strong, courageous, and brilliant women.  Since America’s founding, women have played an integral part in American innovation and productivity, while simultaneously raising generations of lively children and providing leadership in their local communities. Time and time again, women have demonstrated resilience in the face of unprecedented challenges.  America’s ...
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Demonstration Alert – U.S. Consulate Adana

Adana, Turkey February 23, 2018 Location: The intersection of 62003 Sokak and Ordu Caddesi streets, Resatbey neighborhood, Adana. Gatherings may occur in other locations throughout Adana. Event: A protest is slated to begin on February 24, 2018, at 4:00 p.m. U.S. government personnel are advised to avoid those areas during the demonstration. Actions to Take: ...
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New Grant Announcements

Please check the latest announcements by the U.S. Embassy in Ankara: Small Grants Program for First Time Grant Applicants  -New! Call for Proposals is now OPEN as of February 23, 2018 2018, 11:00 Turkey Time Call for Proposals will CLOSE on March 28, 2018, 17:00 Turkey Time   Large Grants Program  -New! Call for Proposals is now OPEN as of February 23th 2018, 11:00 Turkey Time Call for Proposals will ...
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Joint Statement on Turkey-U.S. Strategic Partnership

Media Note Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC February 16, 2018 The Republic of Turkey and the United States, as allies and strategic partners, reaffirm their mutual and unequivocal commitment to each other’s security and defense.As Allies within NATO and strategic partners for over 65 years, both nations consider their relations as vital to furthering ...
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U.S.-Turkey Alliance

Secretary Tillerson (Feb. 16): "I want to reaffirm the deep and important relationship between the United States and Turkey. Ours is not an alliance of convenience or of temporary interest. It is a time-tested alliance built on common interest and mutual respect." Full Text» More» Trip Page» U.S.-Lebanon Strategic Partnership Secretary Tillerson (Feb. 16): "We’re ...
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Joint Press Statement on the Visit to Turkey by National Security Advisor Lieutenant General H.R. McMaster

THE WHITE HOUSE Office of the Press Secretary February 11, 2018 Joint Press Statement on the Visit to Turkey by National Security Advisor Lieutenant General H.R. McMaster Lieutenant General H.R. McMaster, President Donald J. Trump’s National Security Advisor, met his Turkish counterpart, Ambassador İbrahim Kalın, Deputy Secretary General and Spokesperson of the Turkish Presidency, during ...
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Secretary Tillerson travels to Jordan, Turkey, Lebanon, Egypt, and Kuwait

Secretary Tillerson travels to Amman, Jordan; Ankara, Turkey; Beirut, Lebanon; Cairo, Egypt; and Kuwait City, Kuwait, February 11–16. In Jordan, the Secretary will meet with His Majesty King Abdullah II ibn Al-Hussein and Jordanian Minister of Foreign Affairs Ayman Al-Safadi. The Secretary will underscore the enduring strength of the U.S.-Jordan relationship, engage with the Jordanian ...
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U.S. Embassy Counselor for Public Affairs Scott Weinhold visited Antalya

U.S. Embassy Counselor for Public Affairs Scott Weinhold was thrilled to visit the province of Antalya from January 28-29, 2018. During the trip, he stopped by Demre and toured St. Nicholas Church and the stunning new museum dedicated to Lycian civilization. In Demre, he had the pleasure to meet with young sports ambassador Emin Cengiz ...
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Demonstration Alert – U.S. Embassy Ankara

Demonstration Alert – U.S. Embassy Ankara Ankara, Turkey February 10, 2018 Location: Karanfil Street, Kizilay district, and in front of the U.S. Embassy, Kavaklidere district, in Ankara, Turkey. Event: A demonstration is expected to start at 4:00 p.m. on February 10, on Karanfil Street in Kizilay, and then proceed to a location in Kavaklidere, adjacent ...
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President Donald J. Trump’s State of the Union Address

Remarks as prepared for delivery TO THE CONGRESS OF THE UNITED STATES: Mr. Speaker, Mr. Vice President, Members of Congress, the First Lady of the United States, and my fellow Americans: Less than 1 year has passed since I first stood at this podium, in this majestic chamber, to speak on behalf of the American ...
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Demonstration Alert – U. S. Consulate Adana, Turkey (Jan 29, 2018)

Location: Girne Bulvari, in front of the U.S. Consulate Adana. Event: Demonstration expected to take place on January 29 beginning at 12:30 p.m. U.S. government personnel are advised to avoid those areas during the demonstration. Actions to Take: Avoid the areas of the demonstrations. Exercise caution if unexpectedly in the vicinity of large gatherings or ...
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Apply NOW for the SelectUSA 2018 Investment Summit

The SelectUSA Investment Summit is the premier event showcasing investment opportunities in the United States. The 2018 Summit will bring together companies from all over the world and economic development organizations from every corner of the United States. The world’s top investment event. The world’s top investment destination. Top 5 Reasons to Attend the 2018 ...
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International Partnership Against Impunity for the Use of Chemical Weapons

Fact Sheet Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC – January 23, 2018 The international community is at a critical juncture in the fight to uphold the international norm against chemical weapons use. Repeated obstruction by some countries at the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) and the United Nations have undermined the ability of ...
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What You Can Do To Help Combat Human Trafficking

As we near the end of  National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month , we must remember that the struggle of millions of trafficking victims around the world continues. President Trump’s first Presidential Proclamation of 2018 is a reminder that the horrors of human trafficking,  also known as modern slavery , persist today and that an estimated 25 million people are currently subjected to modern slavery worldwide. ...
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North Korea’s actions threaten civil aviation

“The potential for a North Korean missile or parts of it to affect civilian aircraft is real,” Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said at a January 16 meeting in Vancouver with ministers from 20 nations who gathered to discuss security and stability in the Korean Peninsula. The meeting brought together nations committed to stopping North ...
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Remarks on The Way Forward for the United States Regarding Syria

Secretary Tillerson (Jan. 17): "A stable, unified, and independent Syria ultimately requires post-Assad leadership in order to be successful. Continued U.S. presence to ensure the lasting defeat of ISIS will also help pave the way for legitimate local civil authorities to exercise responsible governance of their liberated areas."
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The life and legacy of Martin Luther King Jr.

ShareAmerica – Martin Luther King Jr. dedicated his life to the nonviolent struggle for racial equality in the United States. The third Monday in January marks Martin Luther King Day, a U.S. holiday that honors King’s legacy and challenges citizens to engage in volunteer service in their communities. (National Park Service) Beginning the journey Born on January 15, ...
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Turkish Americans make their mark in local government

Two Turkish Americans with ties to their communities are entering politics. In November 2017, both won  local government  elections. Here’s how they hope to make a difference in their hometowns: From pizza to politics in New Haven In New Haven, Connecticut, home to Yale University and a famous style of pizza pie, 19-year-old Yale student Hacibey Catalbasoglu became the ...
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Message to U.S. Citizens: Improvements to How We Communicate Safety and Security Information to U.S. Citizens

On Wednesday, January 10, 2018, the Department of State will make changes to our safety and security information to make it easier to find, understand, and use.  Also on January 10, the Department will issue a Travel Advisory for Turkey, in the improved format, which replaces the Travel Warning for Turkey issued on September 28, ...
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Statement from the U.S. Mission to Turkey on the Full Resumption of Visa Services

December 28, 2017 Since October, the Government of Turkey has adhered to the high-level assurances it provided to the United States that there are no additional local employees of our Mission in Turkey under investigation, that local staff of our Embassy and consulates will not be detained or arrested for performing their official duties – ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Demonstration in Adana, December 18, 2017

Adana, Turkey Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Demonstration in Adana, December 18, 2017 The U.S. Consulate in Adana informs U.S. citizens that a group has announced a protest for Monday, December 18 to protest the U.S. government’s statement on Jerusalem. The protest will start at 12:30 at Inonu Park in Adana. The group will later ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Public Protests at U.S. Consulate General Istanbul 

U.S. Consulate General Istanbul, Turkey Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Public Protests at U.S. Consulate General Istanbul  December 13, 2017 The U.S. Diplomatic Mission to Turkey is aware that today at 2:00 p.m., a group of approximately 300 or more people will have a protest in the vicinity of the U.S. Consulate General in Istanbul. ...
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U.S. Applauds Iraqi Government’s Announcement of the Full Liberation of Iraqi Territory From ISIS Control

Press Statement Heather Nauert, Department Spokesperson Washington, DC – December 9, 2017 After a courageous three year campaign of intense fighting, Prime Minister Abadi has announced the complete liberation of all Iraqi territory from ISIS control. The United States applauds the leadership of Prime Minister Abadi, and we offer our sincere congratulations to the Iraqi ...
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The Humans of Human Rights: Celebrating International Human Rights Day

By  Kerri Spindler-RantaJonathan Collett  on December 8, 2017 Protecting human rights for all is essential to maintaining international peace and is a core element of U.S. foreign policy.  Throughout the year, the  Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor  supports the vital work of human rights defenders who tirelessly document abuses and hold governments accountable.  On this Human Rights Day, we highlight some of the heroes ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Demonstrations in Adana, December 10, 2017

The U.S. Consulate in Adana informs U.S. citizens demonstrations are expected to take place at U.S. Consulate Adana and in the vicinity of Incirlik Air Force Base near Ataturk Caddesi in Adana over the weekend.  U.S. citizens should avoid these areas during the protests. Even demonstrations intended to be peaceful can turn confrontational and escalate into violence.  ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Protests in Turkey

The U.S. Diplomatic Mission to Turkey is aware that several groups have announced public protests in upcoming days in major cities throughout Turkey, including in the vicinity of U.S. diplomatic facilities.  Protests may occur spontaneously and have the potential to become violent.  Due to protest activity, the U.S. Embassy Ankara, U.S. Consulate General Istanbul, and ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Public Protests at U.S. Diplomatic Facilities in Turkey

The U.S. Diplomatic Mission to Turkey is aware that several groups have announced public protests in the vicinity of several U.S. government diplomatic offices in Turkey, following the U.S. announcement of a new policy with regard to the status of Jerusalem. Demonstrations have the potential to become violent. We urge U.S. citizens to avoid all ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Public Protests at U.S. Diplomatic Facilities in Turkey

The U.S. Diplomatic Mission to Turkey is aware that several groups have announced public protests in the vicinity of several U.S. government diplomatic offices in Turkey, starting in the early evening of December 6, 2017.   We urge U.S. citizens to avoid all protests, especially those in the area of the U.S. Embassy in Ankara, the ...
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Major General Skip Davis spoke at NATO’s Centre of Excellence for the Defense Against Terrorism in Ankara

Major General Skip Davis, U.S. European Command, Director of Operations, spoke at NATO’s Centre of Excellence for the Defense Against Terrorism in Ankara, Turkey, on Nov. 21, 2017 about ways to strengthen the Alliance in its fight against terrorism, focusing on a “Whole of Government” approach.  The Centre has representatives from eight nations focused on ...
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International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women

Secretary Tillerson: In observance of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women (IDEVAW) on November 25 and the accompanying 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence, the United States reaffirms its commitment to defending the rights of women and girls to live free from violence.
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An excerpt from U.S. Department of State Spokesperson Heather Nauert’s Daily Press Briefing

Heather Nauert Spokesperson Department Press Briefing Washington, DC – November 21, 2017 … QUESTION: Thank you. On Turkey. There is a gold trader whose name is Reza Zarrab who has been arrested for 18 months, and his case – his trial is about to start next week. It’s a judicial process, but Turkish President Erdogan ...
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Message for U.S. Citizens: Turkish Visa Guidance Update for U.S. Citizens (November 20, 2017)

On November 7, the Government of Turkey announced resumption of limited visa services for U.S. citizens.  Based on guidance provided by the Government of Turkey and air carrier companies, the U.S. Embassy currently suggests the following methods for private citizens to obtain a Turkish visa: For personal applications, the Turkish Embassy and all Consulates in ...
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Ambassador’s Fund for Cultural Preservation

The U.S. Mission to Turkey is pleased to announce the opening of the Ambassador’s Fund for Cultural Preservation (AFCP) 2018 Grants Competitions AFCP was established to support countries in preserving their cultural heritage and to demonstrate U.S. respect for other cultures. The AFCP competition for Turkey supports preservation of cultural sites, objects, and museum collections of historical or cultural significance to the cultural heritage ...
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Chargé d’Affaires Philip S. Kosnett’s Remarks at Education Week in Adana

November 15, 2017 Good evening and thank you all for joining us tonight.  I’d especially like to thank Mr. Murat Bilal, the Adana Deputy Provincial Director of National Education, for supporting our event and being here tonight.  I’d also like to thank Consul Linda Specht for hosting us in her home this evening. Tonight we ...
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USTDA and U.S. Industry Launch Gas Infrastructure Exports Initiative

Media Note U.S. Embassy Ankara, Turkey – November 17, 2017 The U.S. Trade and Development Agency (USTDA) and U.S. industry will launch the U.S. Gas Infrastructure Exports Initiative to connect U.S. companies to export opportunities across the gas value chain in emerging economies.  As U.S. liquefied natural gas (LNG) export terminals are coming online, USTDA is ...
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Adana Consul Linda Stuart Specht Delivers Speech on Investing in the United States at TABA

On November 17, during Global Entrepreneurship Week, U.S. Consul to Adana Linda Stuart Specht delivered a speech on how to invest in the United States at the Turkish American Business Association (TABA) trade summit in Adana.  Consul Specht highlighted the SelectUSA program as a way to gain more information to strategize investments.  More than two ...
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Europe Travel Alert, November 16, 2017

The Department of State alerts U.S. citizens to the heightened risk of terrorist attacks throughout Europe, particularly during the holiday season.  U.S. citizens should exercise caution at holiday festivals and events.  This Travel Alert expires on January 31, 2018. Recent, widely-reported incidents in France, Russia, Sweden, the United Kingdom, Spain, and Finland demonstrate that the ...
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Chargé D’Affaires Philip S. Kosnett’s Remarks at International Education Week in Adana

November 15, 2017 Good evening and thank you all for joining us tonight.  I’d especially like to thank Mr. Murat Bilal, the Adana Deputy Provincial Director of National Education, for supporting our event and being here tonight.  I’d also like to thank Consul Linda Specht for hosting us in her home this evening. Tonight we ...
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Testimony by Jonathan R. Cohen at the U.S. Helsinki Commission

Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs Jonathan R. Cohen: Today’s hearing is an important opportunity to reaffirm the abiding U.S. interest in and commitment to democracy, human rights, and rule of law in Turkey.  It is also an opportunity to underscore the value of the U.S.-Turkey Alliance, despite the current strains ...
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International Education Week

International Education Week (IEW), November 13-17, is an opportunity to celebrate the benefits of international education and exchange worldwide. This joint initiative of the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education is part of our efforts to promote programs that prepare Americans for a global environment and attract future leaders from abroad to ...
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Readout of the Vice President’s Meeting with Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim

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Statement from the U.S. Mission to Turkey on Re-opening of Limited Visa Services

November 6, 2017 We have received initial high-level assurances from the Government of Turkey that there are no additional local employees of our Mission in Turkey under investigation.  We have also received initial assurances from the Government of Turkey that our local staff will not be detained or arrested for performing their official duties and ...
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Secretary Tillerson spoke today with Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu. Secretary Tillerson conveyed to the Foreign Minister his profound concern over the detentions of Turkish national employees of our diplomatic mission to Turkey and of several American citizens.
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Ambassador John R. Bass Press Round Table – Diplomatic Correspondents Association (October 11, 2017)

Ankara, Turkey October 11, 2017 Ambassador Bass:  I’m very pleased to see all of you here this morning, and I’m pleased to have an opportunity to see members of the Diplomatic Correspondents Association for one last time before I complete my assignment as the U.S. Ambassador in Turkey.  And with a lot of regret and ...
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Message for U.S. Citizens: Government of Turkey Suspension of Visas to U.S. Citizens on October 8, 2017

The government of Turkey announced the immediate suspension of visa services to U.S. citizens, effective October 8, 2017.  According to the government’s announcement, this includes the issuance of physical “sticker” visas at border posts, and the online Turkish electronic visa (e-visa).  U.S. citizens planning travel to Turkey, and who have questions regarding this regulation should ...
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Ambassador John Bass’ Statement On The Suspension Of Visa Services In Turkey

October 9, 2017 Good afternoon. I want to convey to our Turkish friends and partners the reasons for the U.S. government’s decision to suspend non-immigrant visa services at our embassy and consulates in Turkey, and to explain what this suspension means. In the Embassy’s statement yesterday, we said we were suspending non-immigrant visa services.  The suspension ...
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Message for U.S. Citizens: Government of Turkey Suspension of Visas to U.S. Citizens on October 8, 2017

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Joint Statement of the United States-Turkey Trade and Investment Council

ANKARA, TURKEY – The United States-Turkey Trade and Investment Council met on September 12-13, 2017 in Ankara under the auspices of the bilateral Trade and Investment Framework Agreement (TIFA).  This was the tenth meeting of the Council held since the TIFA was signed in 1999. Acting Deputy Undersecretary Mr. Hüsnü Dilemre led the Turkish delegation ...
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U.S.-Turkey Trade and Investment Framework Agreement

The 10th meeting of the Trade and Investment Framework Agreement (TIFA), signed between Turkey and the U.S. occurred in Ankara on September 12-13, 2017. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the Union of Chambers and Commodity Exchanges of Turkey (TOBB) commend the renewed effort to upgrade the U.S.-Turkey partnership through the auspices of the 1999 U.S.-Turkey Trade ...
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Message for U.S. Citizens: Changes in Social Security Administration Services

As of October 1, 2017, only U.S. Embassies and Consulates with dedicated Federal Benefits Units are permitted to assist with most Social Security Administration matters.  Here in Mission Turkey, we do not have such an office.  Therefore, if you reside in Turkey and have questions regarding Social Security Administration (SSA) services, you must contact the ...
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USPTO and TURKPATENT Cooperation on Intellectual Property Rights

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and Turkish Patent Institute (TURKPATENT) signed a memorandum of understanding September 22 at USPTO’s Global Intellectual Property Academy in Alexandria, Virginia. Joseph Matal, Performing the Duties and Functions of Under Secretary and Director, USPTO, and Dr. Habip Assan, President of TURKPATENT, signed the memorandum of understanding (MOU) to ...
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‘Smart Campus’ cooperation between the METU and the USTDA

‘Smart Campus’ cooperation between the Middle East Technical University (METU) and the United States Trade and Development Agency (USTDA) On Friday September 22 at the U.S. Ambassador’s Residence in Ankara, USTDA Regional Director Carl Kress and the Vice President of METU, Prof. Doc. Mehmet Zeyrek, signed an agreement that will provide $830,000 USD in technical ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Demonstration in Adana, September 24

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Renewed Arrangement between the U.S. & Turkey

During the 61st International Atomic Energy Agency General Conference in Vienna, Austria, NRC Chairman Kristine Svinicki meets with Dr. Zafer Demircan, President of the Turkish Atomic Energy Authority, to sign a renewed Arrangement for the Exchange of Technical Information and Cooperation in Nuclear Safety Matters between the NRC and the Turkish regulator. For more information: https://www.nrc.gov/
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President Trump Addresses the United Nations General Assembly

U.S. President Donald J. Trump delivered remarks at the 72nd Session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York City on September 19, 2017. Addressing some of the very serious threats the world faces the President began his remarks by outlining growing dangers that threaten our values. “We meet at a time of both of ...
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Livelihoods Innovation through Food Entrepreneurship (LIFE) Project Launched

The Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE) and their Consortium partners launched a new project in Washington D.C. on September 15: Livelihoods Innovation through Food Entrepreneurship (LIFE). Funded by U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration (PRM), the two-year long project will focus on enhancing livelihoods among refugees and host communities in ...
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Maya Azucena Concert in Adana

U.S. Consulate Adana will host the famous American singer Maya Azucena in a concert at Cukurova University on Tuesday September 26. The Consulate is organizing the concert in cooperation with Cukurova University Conservatory.    Information about the artist: Maya Azucena, a multi-award winning recording artist and magnetically inspirational woman, is known for making music that uplifts ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Demonstration in Adana, September 16, 2017

Consulate of the United States of America Adana, Turkey September 15, 2017 The U.S. Consulate in Adana informs U.S. citizens a demonstration is expected to take place in the vicinity of Incirlik AFB on Ataturk Caddesi in Adana at 1300 on Saturday, September 16, 2017.  The Patriotic Party’s (Vatan Partisi) youth arm, Leading Youths (Oncu Genclik), ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Demonstration at the U.S. Consulate General Istanbul on September 11, 2017

The U.S. Consulate General would like to inform U.S. citizens that a demonstration is being organized outside U.S. Consulate General Istanbul this afternoon at approximately 3:00 p.m. Demonstrations and large events intended to be peaceful can turn confrontational and sometimes violent.  We advise U.S. citizens to avoid large political gatherings, protests, and demonstrations, and depart the ...
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The president on the 9/11 anniversary: Our values endure

On September 11, “in that hour of darkness, we also came together with renewed purpose,” President Trump said in marking the 16th anniversary of terrorist attacks on America. The president was speaking at the the 9/11 memorial at the Pentagon, one of three U.S. sites attacked on September 11, 2001. He and first lady Melania Trump had ...
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Readout of Secretary Mattis’ Meetings with Turkish Leaders in Ankara

U.S. Department of Defense Press Operations – Release No: NR-305-17 Aug. 23, 2017 Pentagon Chief Spokesperson Dana W. White provided the following readout: Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis met with Turkish Minister of Defense Nurettin Canikli and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan today in Ankara. This was the first meeting between Minister Canikli and Secretary ...
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Newsletter (August 23, 2017)

Featured in this quarter’s issue: State of Emergency Extended STEP Registration and U.S. Citizen Wardens Laptop Ban on Flights Lifted Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Travel Publications Voting Overseas Tax Information for U.S. Citizens Living Abroad Where is my refund? Worldwide Caution Holidays Contact Information You may visit our website at any time to make ...
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Accelerating the campaign to annihilate ISIS

The U.S. leads the 73-member Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS, which supports operations conducted by, with and through partner forces in Iraq and Syria. The campaign against ISIS has dramatically accelerated over the past six months. In recent briefings, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Special Presidential Envoy for the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS ...
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Meet the woman behind this spaceship

The American-made Dream Chaser spaceship will one day take astronauts and supplies into space. And the woman leading that effort is businesswoman Eren Ozmen. She is co-owner and president of Sierra Nevada Corporation, a space systems and technologies company that is making the Dream Chaser, a more versatile version of earlier space shuttles. Ozmen has always worked hard. “My childhood ...
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International investors find plenty of opportunities in the U.S.

Want to grow your business? Think about taking it to the United States. The U.S is home to more foreign direct investment than any other country, and subsidiaries of overseas firms employ 6.4 million U.S. workers. This is partly because America offers access to the largest consumer market as well as strong protection for companies’ ...
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Celebrating 40 Years of Close Ties Between the United States and ASEAN

U.S. Secretary Rex W. Tillerson traveled to Manila, Philippines on August 5 to participate in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Regional Forum, the East Asia Summit Ministerial, the U.S.- ASEAN Ministerial, and the Lower Mekong Initiative Ministerial. Since 1967, ASEAN has made remarkable strides in maintaining peace across Southeast Asia, accelerating economic growth, and ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Demonstrations in Swan Park, Ankara on Saturday, August 5

U.S. Embassy Ankara informs U.S. citizens that a group called “Justice for Women” has announced that it will gather for a demonstration in Swan Park (Kugulu Park) in Ankara on Saturday, August 5, 2017, at 6:00 p.m. Even gatherings intended to be peaceful can turn confrontational and escalate into violence. You should avoid areas of ...
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Statement on erroneous media reports regarding trucks entering Syria

Inaccurate reports by several outlets over the past few days have erroneously claimed that the United States has sent “tanks” and “hundreds of truckloads of weapons” into Syria to support the YPG. These reports ignore basic facts about the current situation in Syria. The United States has not provided tanks to any groups fighting Daesh ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Demonstration Planned for Sunday in Yenikapi Park

The U.S. Consulate General would like to inform U.S. citizens that groups are organizing a demonstration for 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, July 30 in Istanbul’s Yenikapi Park.  The demonstrators will protest recent security incidents at the al-Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem. The U.S. Consulate General reminds U.S. citizens that demonstrations and large events intended to be ...
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On becoming an ‘ambassador extraordinary and plenipotentiary’

At the apex of U.S. embassies around the world are diplomats who hold the august title of “ambassador extraordinary and plenipotentiary of the United States of America.” Whether one has made a career in the Foreign Service, or in the world of business, in academe or elsewhere, being asked by the president to represent America ...
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Consulate Adana Hosts Independence Day Reception

U.S. Consulate Adana hosted the 241st anniversary of U.S. Independence with a reception at Adana Hilton Hotel on July 13, 2017. U.S. Ambassador John Bass and his spouse Holly Holzer-Bass hosted the event, together with U.S. Consul Adana Linda Stuart Specht. Guests from government, business, media, education and civil society, as well as American citizens ...
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Ambassador Bass’ Remarks at U.S. Consulate Adana’s Independence Day Reception

U.S. Ambassador John Bass Remarks During an Independence Day Celebration Hilton Hotel Adana, Turkey July 13, 2017 [As delivered] [Sayın Vali, Sayın Belediye Başkanı,] Değerli Konuklar, Hanımefendiler, Beyefendiler, hoşgeldiniz. Thank you all very much for joining us this evening to celebrate the 241st anniversary of our independence. Let me first express our deep appreciation to ...
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On the Occasion of the One-Year Anniversary of the Attempted Coup in Turkey

Press Statement Heather Nauert, Department Spokesperson Washington, DC – July 14, 2017 One year ago, Turkey’s brave and dedicated citizens of all backgrounds and political views defended their democracy against an attempted coup. We reaffirm the United States’ steadfast support for Turkey’s democracy and democratic institutions. We offer our condolences to the friends and loved ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Demonstration in Adana, July 14, 2017

The U.S. Consulate in Adana informs U.S. citizens that the Anatolian Youth Union (AGD) has announced a demonstration in Adana at 6 p.m. on Friday, July 14, 2017.  AGD has announced that participants will gather at the Adana Asri Cemetery at 6 p.m. on July 14, 2017.  The demonstrators will then proceed eastward, travelling past ...
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Message for U.S. Citizens: Istanbul Consulate General Resumption of Normal Operations on July 14, 2017

The incident at the U.S. Consulate General in Istanbul has concluded.  Normal operations have resumed at the U.S. Consulate General in Istanbul. The U.S. Diplomatic Mission to Turkey asks U.S. citizens to contact family members who may be concerned about your welfare or whereabouts if an incident occurs.  Review personal security plans, ensure communication connectivity, ...
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Emergency Message for U.S. Citizens: Incident at U.S. Consulate General

Turkish authorities and U.S. Consulate General Istanbul security personnel are responding to a potential security incident at the U.S. Consulate General in Istanbul.   At this time, we urge U.S. citizens to avoid the Consulate General and the surrounding area. The U.S. Diplomatic Mission to Turkey asks U.S. citizens to contact family members who may be ...
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U.S. Air Force Chief of Staff Discusses Strengthening the Strategic Military-to-Military Partnership with the Republic of Turkey

Ankara – The U.S. Air Force Chief of Staff, Gen. David L. Goldfein departed Ankara Wednesday following meetings with U.S Embassy leadership as well as Republic of Turkey military leadership to discuss strengthening the strategic military-to-military partnership with the Republic of Turkey. On Tuesday, Gen. Goldfein met with U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Turkey, Hon. ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Commemorations of July 15th Democracy and Freedoms Day

The U.S. Mission to Turkey informs U.S. citizens that on Saturday, July 15, 2017, and the preceding days, government and non-government groups may stage large commemorations, such as rallies and marches in public squares and other places throughout the country to commemorate Democracy and Freedoms Day.  The national holiday marks the anniversary of the July ...
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Ambassador John Bass’ Comments to the Press During an Independence Day Celebration

U.S. Ambassador John Bass Comments to the Press During an Independence Day Celebration U.S. Ambassador’s Residence Ankara, Turkey – July 7, 2017  [Verbatim transcript]  Ambassador Bass: Arkadaşlar – iyi akşamlar, hoş geldiniz. Very good to have all you here again tonight. So, I just – I know you’re all working, so I wanted to take a ...
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Ambassador Bass’ Remarks During an Independence Day Celebration

U.S. Ambassador John Bass Remarks During an Independence Day Celebration U.S. Ambassador’s Residence Ankara, Turkey July 7, 2017 [As delivered] Sayın Bakan, Sayın Komutanlar, Değerli Konuklar, Hanımefendiler, Beyefendiler, hoşgeldiniz. Thank you all very much for joining us this evening to celebrate the 241st anniversary of our independence. Marines – present the colors. [National anthems are ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: “March for Justice” Rally in Maltepe District

On Sunday, July 9th, starting at 5:00 p.m., a political rally to mark the end of the “March for Justice” from Ankara will take place in the vicinity of Dragos Park and the Tuzlaspor stadium in the Maltepe district on the Asian side of Istanbul. Organizers predict a sizeable turnout of over one million people for the ...
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Detention of Human Rights Defenders in Turkey

Press Statement Heather Nauert,  Department Spokesperson Washington, DC – July 6, 2017 The United States is deeply concerned by the July 5, detention of prominent human rights defenders from Amnesty International Turkey and other respected institutions. As with past arrests of prominent human rights defenders, journalists, academics, and activists, we underscore the importance of respecting due ...
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Secretary of State Tillerson Travel to Hamburg, Kyiv, and Istanbul

Heather Nauert Department Spokesperson Washington, DC – July 5, 2017 U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will accompany President Donald J. Trump on travel to Hamburg, Germany, July 5–9. Secretary Tillerson will then make his first official visit to Kyiv, Ukraine on July 9, where he will meet President Poroshenko and with young reformers from government ...
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Celebrating U.S. Independence Day

Each year, Americans celebrate the ideals of liberty and freedom – essential elements of our country’s founding creed. Whether near or far, communities gather together in various ways to host cookouts, watch fireworks, and take part in celebrations that help honor and share collective American traditions and cultures. In countries abroad, U.S. diplomatic missions host ...
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Statement From Secretary of State Rex W. Tillerson on the Current Situation in Syria

Press Statement Rex W. Tillerson, Secretary of State Washington, DC – July 5, 2017 Before I depart for the G20 summit in Hamburg, I would like to comment on the current situation in Syria, which is a topic the President will raise in his meeting with Russian President Putin. First, parties in Syria must ensure stability on ...
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Readout of President Donald J. Trump’s Call with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey

The White House Office of the Press Secretary June 30, 2017 President Donald J. Trump spoke today with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey about numerous subjects, including ways to resolve the ongoing dispute between Qatar and its Gulf and Arab neighbors while ensuring that all countries work to stop terrorist funding and to combat ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Demonstrations on July 2 for Trans Pride Week

The U.S. Consulate General Istanbul informs U.S. citizens that on Sunday, July 2 demonstrators will gather in the vicinity of Taksim Square/Istiklal to celebrate Trans Pride Week starting at approximately 5pm. This year, Turkish authorities have not authorized any gatherings to mark the occasion, and there may be a heavy police presence and counter demonstrations in or near the gathering places. U.S. ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Demonstrations for LBGT Pride Week

The U.S. Consulate General Istanbul informs U.S. citizens that this evening, June 25, demonstrators will gather in the vicinity of Taksim Square/Istiklal to celebrate LGBT Pride Week starting after 5pm. This year, gatherings to mark the occasion have not been permitted, and there may be a heavy police presence and counter demonstrations in or near ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Increased Security Presence in Sisli and Mediciyekoy Districts of Istanbul in Response to Potential Terrorist Thre

U.S. Consulate General Istanbul Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Increased Security Presence in Sisli and Mediciyekoy Districts of Istanbul in Response to Potential Terrorist Threat June 16, 2017 The U.S. Consulate General Istanbul would like to inform U.S. citizens of a heightened Turkish security presence in the Mecidiyekoy district of Istanbul, especially in the vicinity ...
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Holly Holzer Bass Meets with International Women Courage Award winner Saadet Ozkan

Holly Holzer Bass hosted Saadet Ozkan, winner of the U.S. Department of State’s International Woman of Courage Award, at her residence in Ankara.  Ozkan discussed her recent trip to the United States and how it influenced her in establishing an NGO in Turkey to support young victims of abuse. The Secretary of State’s International Women ...
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The U.S Mission in Turkey announces the Alumni Small Grants Program

The U.S Mission in Turkey announces the Alumni Grants Program Did you study or participate in a U.S. government-sponsored educational or professional exchange program? Do you have a project you would like to undertake that would benefit your community strengthen the relationship between Americans and Turks, or increase knowledge of one community about the other? The Alumni Grants ...
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Detention of Amnesty International Chairperson in Turkey

Press Statement Heather Nauert, Department Spokesperson Washington, DC – June 7, 2017 The United States is deeply concerned by the recent detention of Taner Kiliç, Chair of Amnesty International Turkey—the latest in a series of respected human rights defenders, journalists, academics, and activists detained in Turkey. These detentions, often with little evidence or transparency, are ...
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Donna De Cesare: “Journalism is a vocation, it is not just a hobby” [VIDEO]

Renowned documentary photographer Donna De Cesare came to Ankara May 9th, 2017. De Cesare, Associate Professor of Journalism at the University of Texas at Austin, is known for her groundbreaking coverage of the spread of U.S. gangs in Central America. De Cesare said, “Journalism is a vocation, it is not just a hobby or something ...
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A Day of Remembrance

By Heather Nauert on May 27, 2017 Memorial Day is a day of remembrance for those who have made the ultimate sacrifice in service to our country. Originally called Decoration Day, Memorial Day was borne out of the Civil War and our citizens’ desire to honor our fallen heroes by decorating their graves with flowers, and later ...
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U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley Visits Turkey

During her visit to Turkey, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley met with Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım to discuss the present conditions of Syrian refugees. Ambassador Haley stated that she thanked Prime Minister Yıldırım for Turkey’s support of 3 million Syrians and discussed continued U.S. support for Turkey’s efforts as the two countries ...
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NATO: Standing strong together and contributing equally [video]

On May 25, in Brussels, President Donald J. Trump, speaking at NATO headquarters next to a twisted metal girder from New York’s World Trade Center, vowed that by standing together the NATO Allies will vanquish the “barbaric evil” of terrorism: Reminding Allies of their pledges to devote 2 percent of gross domestic product to defense, ...
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Small Grants Program

The Public Affairs Section at the U.S. Embassy to Turkey Announces its Small Grants Program Funding is available to support projects that: Reinforce U.S.-Turkish Shared Values Strengthen Economic Prosperity Building Cross-Cultural Understanding Outreach to Youth Outreach / Connection with Underserved or Marginalized Populations For more info: https://tr.usembassy.gov/education-culture/grant-opportunities/small_grants_program_may2017/ 
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President Trump’s Trip Abroad

President Donald J. Trump embarked on his first trip overseas as President on Friday, May 19th. The President will make five stops in four countries during the eight-day trip. The President will seek to reaffirm America’s global leadership, continue building key relationships with world leaders, and deliver a message of unity to America’s friends and allies. ...
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Readout of Secretary Mattis’ Bilateral Meeting With Turkish Minister of Defense Fikri Işık

Release No: NR-179-17 May 16, 2017 Pentagon Chief Spokesperson Dana W. White provided the following readout: Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis met with Turkish Minister of Defense Fikri Işık today at the White House. The leaders firmly agreed on concerns regarding the PKK, a U.S.-designated foreign terrorist organization that has orchestrated the killing of innocent ...
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Remarks by President Trump and President Erdogan of Turkey in Joint Statement

The White House Office of the Press Secretary –  May 16, 2017 Roosevelt Room 1:07 P.M. EDT PRESIDENT TRUMP:  That’s a lot of press.  Really, a lot of press.  I’m shocked. It is a pleasure to welcome President Erdogan for his first visit to the White House in years.  The American and Turkish peoples have ...
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Readout of President Donald J. Trump’s Meeting with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey

THE WHITE HOUSE Office of the Press Secretary – May 16, 2017 President Donald J. Trump met today with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey to discuss how to further strengthen the deep and diverse relationship between our two countries. President Trump reiterated the commitment of the United States to the security of our NATO ...
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The Arctic Council: Fostering Cooperation, Preservation, and Prosperity in the Far North

By David A Balton on May 10, 2017 The Arctic is a special place.  Its awe-inspiring natural beauty suggests a land untouched by time.  But it is not a park – people have been living in the Arctic for thousands of years.  Today, the ways of life of Arctic peoples, along with the Arctic itself, is changing rapidly ...
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Turkish literature class brings history to light

By Leigh Hartman – May 9, 2017 The students got quite a surprise when they gathered to discuss Last Train to Istanbul, a novel that tells the true story of how Turkish diplomats helped save Turkish and French Jews during World War II.One of their classmates, Zerrin Sayar, had firsthand knowledge of that dramatic rescue: Her father had been ...
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World Press Freedom Day

Statement by Secretary Tillerson U.S. Department of State Office of the Spokesperson May 3, 2017 Today, on World Press Freedom Day, we reaffirm our commitment to promoting the fundamental principles of a free press around the world. We honor those men and women who work tirelessly, often at great personal risk, to tell the stories ...
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UN Security Council Meeting on North Korea

Remarks at the United Nations Security Council Ministerial Session on D.P.R.K. Rex W. Tillerson, Secretary of State United Nations, New York City April 28, 2017 SECRETARY TILLERSON: I shall now make a further statement in my capacity as Secretary of State of the United States. First, I appreciate all of the statements that have been ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: European Travel Alert

The Department of State alerts U.S. citizens to the continued threat of terrorist attacks throughout Europe.  This Travel Alert expires on September 1, 2017. Recent, widely-reported incidents in France, Russia, Sweden, and the United Kingdom demonstrate that the Islamic State of Iraq and ash-Sham (ISIS or Da’esh), al-Qa’ida, and their affiliates have the ability to ...
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Get ready to jam on International Jazz Day

On April 30, music lovers celebrate International Jazz Day , a worldwide commemoration of the improvised, free-form music that started in the U.S. but has transcended borders and united people in all corners of the globe. Legendary pianist and composer Herbie Hancock is UNESCO’s goodwill ambassador helping to orchestrate the day’s events, highlighted by an all-star global concert ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: International Workers’ Day Gatherings on Monday, May 1, 2017

  The U.S. Mission to Turkey informs U.S. citizens that Turkey celebrates International Workers’ Day on May 1, 2017.  Historically, political parties, labor unions and other non-governmental organizations stage large rallies and marches in public squares and other places throughout the country to mark the national holiday.   In the past, these gatherings have created ...
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Intellectual Property is the Key to an Innovation Economy

By Patricia M. Haslach on April 26, 2017 Today the World Intellectual Property Organization, WIPO, is celebrating the 17th World Intellectual Property (IP) Day with the theme: “Innovation – Improving Lives.” Innovation improves our quality of life and supports communities around the world. Some examples include a low-cost, accurate malaria detection device that allows better diagnosis and treatment; a cooler that can keep ...
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Statement by President Donald J. Trump on Armenian Remembrance Day 2017

THE WHITE HOUSE Office of the Press Secretary April 24, 2017 Today, we remember and honor the memory of those who suffered during the Meds Yeghern, one of the worst mass atrocities of the 20th century.  Beginning in 1915, one and a half million Armenians were deported, massacred, or marched to their deaths in the ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Demonstration in Adana, April 22

U.S. Consulate Adana informs U.S. citizens that a demonstration is expected to take place at Atatürk Park at 17:30 on April 22, 2017. The Furkan Foundation will hold the demonstration and press statement in opposition to the cancellation of a religious program to celebrate Prophet Muhammed Week and holy nights. Authorities are expecting approximately 300-500 ...
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What makes Earth Day special and why we still need it

By ShareAmerica  – Earth Day is celebrated every year on April 22. The Earth Day Network, a loose coalition of 22,000 groups in 192 countries, coordinates activities that raise awareness of local environmental issues, as well as global climate change. (© AP Images) ▲ U.S. Senator Gaylord Nelson came up with the idea for a “national ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Update – Demonstrations Expected in Istanbul between April 21-23

The U.S. Consulate General Istanbul informs U.S. citizens that this weekend, April 21-23, continued protest activity in the wake of the referendum vote is likely to occur.  Demonstrations planned throughout Istanbul as are expected to draw larger numbers of people due to the weekend holiday and favorable weather conditions.  Demonstrations protesting the referendum result are scheduled ...
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President Trump Welcomes NATO Secretary General Stoltenberg

By DipNote Bloggers on April 12, 2017 Today President Donald J. Trump met with North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg at the White House to discuss strengthening the NATO Alliance, including its funding. In their meeting, the two leaders also discussed NATO’s role in addressing international challenges involving peace and security, counterterrorism, and the ...
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By DipNote Bloggers on April 12, 2017 Today U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson met with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow, Russia. Secretary Tillerson discussed a range of global issues and challenges including counterterrorism efforts, cyberspace, and bilateral relations as well as other areas of common interest such as the ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Demonstration in Front of U.S. Embassy on Saturday, April 8, at 1:00p.m.

U.S. Embassy Ankara informs U.S. citizens that various groups have announced that they will demonstrate in front of U.S. Embassy Ankara on Saturday, April 8, at 1:00 p.m.  Another group announced it will meet in the Kizilay area of Ankara at 12:00p.m., and then will walk in a group to the U.S. Embassy.  Embassy Ankara ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Demonstration Expected Near Consulate General Istanbul on Saturday, April 8, at 12:00p.m.

U.S. Consulate General Istanbul informs U.S. citizens that the Turkish Communist Party (TKP) has called for a demonstration in the immediate vicinity of the U.S. Consulate General on April 8 at 12:00 p.m. to protest recent U.S. military air strikes in Syria. Although expected to be peaceful, the U.S. Consulate General reminds U.S. citizens that demonstrations and large events ...
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Remarks With National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster

Rex W. Tillerson, Secretary of State Palm Beach, Florida – April 6, 2017 SECRETARY TILLERSON: Good evening, all. I particularly want to try to just give you a little bit of background on how we got to the statements by the President and the actions that were taken tonight. As you’re well aware, Bashar al-Assad has carried ...
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Chemical Weapons Attack in Syria

Press Statement Rex W. Tillerson, Secretary of State Washington, DC – April 4, 2017 The United States strongly condemns the chemical weapons attack in Idlib province, the third allegation of the use of such weapons in the past month alone. There are reports of dozens dead, including many children. While we continue to monitor the terrible situation, ...
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U.S. – NATO Alliance

NATO Foreign Ministerial Intervention Remarks Rex W. Tillerson ,Secretary of State Brussels, Belgium – March 31, 2017 Good morning, Secretary General and my fellow ministers, and thank you for the opportunity to speak. Let me be very clear at the outset of my remarks: the U.S. commitment to NATO is strong and this Alliance remains the bedrock ...
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Press Availability With Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu

Rex W. Tillerson , Secretary of State Turkish Foreign Ministry Ankara, Turkey – March 30, 2017 SECRETARY TILLERSON: (In progress) Minister Cavusoglu, and I am privileged to be visiting Turkey today, a NATO ally and a friend of the United States in a very turbulent part of the world. I met with President Erdogan and the foreign minister ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Turkey Travel Warning Update

March 28, 2017 U.S. Embassy Ankara informs U.S. citizens that the travel warning for Turkey has been updated.  The text of the updated travel warning appears below and can be found on the Mission Turkey webpage and the Department of State’s travel webpage : U.S. citizens are warned of increased threats from terrorist groups in Turkey.  Carefully consider the need ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Upcoming Political Gatherings, Rallies and Demonstrations

Numerous large gatherings and rallies, many of a political nature, are expected to be held throughout Turkey in late March and April.  U.S. Mission Turkey recommends that U.S. citizens avoid all gatherings due to the potential for violence or personal injury.  Specific locations and dates of these gatherings are being announced via traditional and social ...
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Gaziantep Solid Waste Transfer Station Opening

On March 20, Adana Consul General Linda Stuart Specht joined Gaziantep Metropolitan Municipality Secretary General Deniz Köken, Islahiye District Governor Ramazan Yıldırım, Islahiye Mayor Kemal Vural, along with UNDP’s Country representative Claudio Tomasi to inaugurate a waste transfer station in Fevzipaşa, Gaziantep. The waste transfer station is part of a $ 3 million project, funded ...
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Routine Message: Aviation Security Enhancement

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA), in consultation with relevant Departments and Agencies, has determined it is prudent to enhance security, to include airport security procedures for passengers at certain last point of departure airports to the United States. These enhancements include more stringent measures applied to 10 specific airports, to include Istanbul’s Ataturk International Airport. ...
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SelectUSA Summit 2017

Save the date for the 2017 SelectUSA Summit: June 18-20, 2017 in Washington, DC. Further information is available on the SelectUSA website . 2017 SelectUSA Investment Summit: Registration is Open If you represent a business and you are considering opening or expanding operations, the SelectUSA Summit will help you find the answers you need more efficiently, saving ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Nevruz Celebrations

U.S. Embassy Ankara recommends that U.S. citizens maintain a high level of vigilance and take appropriate steps to increase their security awareness during the upcoming March 17-21 Nevruz holidays. Nevruz is a festival commonly recognized as the Kurdish and Persian New Year which also marks the beginning of spring.  Nevruz has both political and social ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: International Women’s Day Celebrations

U.S. Embassy Ankara informs U.S. citizens that gatherings are expected to take place throughout Turkey on Wednesday, March 8, 2017 in celebration of International Women’s Day. The Embassy is aware that groups have announced rallies at the following times and locations.  Times and locations are subject to change, and the list is not comprehensive of ...
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State of Global Partnerships 2017 Report

Secretary Tillerson (March 6): The annual State of Global Partnership report, released during Global Partnership Week, features public-private partnerships across the State Department and USAID that aim to address at least one of the 17 sustainable goals. Report Greetings, Deputy Special Representative Thomas Debass The Secretary’s Office of Global Partnerships
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Ankara Sports Arena Area Road Closures on March 7, 2017

U.S. Embassy Ankara informs U.S. citizens that it is aware of road closures in the vicinity of Ankara Sports Arena in Ulus, Ankara, commencing at 11:00 a.m.  The closures are due to a referendum campaign event which will begin at 5:00 p.m. and to be attended by President Erdogan.  The event is expected to last ...
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International Women’s Day / Women’s History Month

In the United States, Women’s History Month traces its beginnings back to the first International Women’s Day in 1911. In 1978, the school district of Sonoma, California participated in Women’s History Week, an event designed around the week of March 8 (International Women’s Day). Women’s History Month is an annual declared month that highlights the contributions ...
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Country Reports on Human Rights Practices for 2016

Secretary’s Preface Promoting human rights and democratic governance is a core element of U.S. foreign policy. These values form an essential foundation of stable, secure, and functioning societies. Standing up for human rights and democracy is not just a moral imperative but is in the best interests of the United States in making the world ...
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Country Reports on Human Rights Practices for 2016 – TURKEY

Link to Full Report on Turkey:  http://www.state.gov/j/drl/rls/hrrpt/humanrightsreport/index.htm?year=2016&dlid=265482 EXECUTIVE SUMMARY: Turkey is a constitutional republic with a multiparty parliamentary system and a president. A unicameral parliament (the Grand National Assembly) exercises legislative authority. Binali Yildirim succeeded Ahmet Davutoglu as prime minister in May. Civilians at times did not maintain effective control over security forces. On July 15, ...
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Newsletter March 3, 2017

Featured in this quarter’s issue: STEP Registration and U.S. Citizen Wardens Absentee Voting Regarding The State of Emergency Federal Benefits Unit and Veterans Services, Athens Use IRS Free to File Taxes for Free Executive Order Protecting the Nation from Terrorist Entry into the United States Worldwide Caution Security Message Holidays Contact Information STEP Registration and ...
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President Donald J. Trump Proclaims March 2017 as Women’s History Month

The White House Office of the Press Secretary March 01, 2017 WOMEN’S HISTORY MONTH, 2017 ___________________________ BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA A PROCLAMATION We are proud of our Nation’s achievements in promoting women’s full participation in all aspects of American life and are resolute in our commitment to supporting women’s continued ...
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Education Opportunity in the U.S. : EducationUSA Summer Program

The U.S. Embassy in Ankara, the U.S. Consulate General in Istanbul, and the U.S. Consulate in Adana would like to encourage English-speaking Turkish students between the ages of 15 and 17 to apply for a summer program at EducationUSA Academy.  Fifteen host universities across the United States will be accepting applications.   EducationUSA Academy is ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Ankara Sports Arena Justice and Developments Party (AKP) Referendum Campaign

U.S. Embassy Ankara informs U.S. citizens that it is aware that Justice and Developments Party (AKP) has announced its first referendum campaign event to be held at Ankara Sports Arena in Ulus on February 25th in Ankara.  40,000 people are expected to participate. Even gatherings intended to be peaceful can turn confrontational and escalate into ...
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Readout of the Vice President’s Meeting with Prime Minister Yildirim of Turkey

THE WHITE HOUSE Office of the Vice President February 18, 2017 Vice President Pence met with Prime Minister Binali Yildirim of Turkey in Munich today. The Vice President expressed condolences for the brutal and senseless terrorist attack that occurred yesterday in southeast Turkey. The Vice President reiterated the United States’ commitment to Turkey as a ...
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Readout of Secretary Mattis’ Bilateral Meeting with Turkish Minister of Defense Fikri Işik

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE – February 16, 2017 Secretary of Defense Spokesperson Cmdr. Sarah Higgins provided the following readout: Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis met with Turkish Minister of Defense Fikri Işik yesterday on the margins of the NATO Defense Ministerial in Brussels, Belgium. The secretary recognized Turkey’s contributions to the NATO alliance and welcomed ...
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Secretary Tillerson to Travel to Bonn, Germany

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will travel to Bonn, Germany, February 15-17 to participate in the G-20 Foreign Ministers’ Meeting. This will be his first official trip as Secretary of State. While in Bonn, Secretary Tillerson will participate in several G-20 sessions as well as bilateral meetings. Secretary Tillerson will also meet with counterparts ...
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U. S. Ambassador to Turkey John Bass was in İzmir to attend an opening ceremony and for a courtesy call.

Ambassador Bass attended the ribbon-cutting ceremony of the E-cubed platform at Izmir University of Economics together with the Rector Prof. Dr. F.N. Can Şımga-Muğan along with the President of İzmir Chamber of Commerce / University’s President of Board of Trustees Ekrem Demirtaş. During his opening speech, Ambassador Bass said “Thank you very much for joining ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: February 13 Demonstration by the HDP

The U.S. Consulate in Adana informs U.S. Citizens that the Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) ‎will hold a political demonstration at the party’s Yuregir headquarters building, located near the Asri Graveyard south of the D-400 highway.  The demonstration is set to begin at 19:00 today, February 13, and is in opposition to constitutional reforms. Even gatherings ...
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Message to U.S. Citizens: Overseas Voting in 2017

Just voted in November? Still traveling or living overseas? You should register and request your absentee ballot to vote again in 2017 to ensure your election office knows where to send your ballot for any upcoming special elections for federal office. Some states are also holding gubernatorial or other statewide elections this year. The Federal Voting Assistance ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Demonstration in Adana

February 8 Consulate of the United States of America Adana, Turkey The U.S. Consulate in Adana informs U.S. citizens of a demonstration around Ataturk Park in Adana on Wednesday, February 08, 2017 between 1630 and 1830. Even gatherings intended to be peaceful can turn confrontational and escalate into violence. We advise U.S. citizens to exercise ...
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The National Museum of African American History and Culture

The National Museum of African American History and Culture is the only national museum devoted exclusively to the documentation of African American life, history, and culture. It was established by Act of Congress in 2003, following decades of efforts to promote and highlight the contributions of African Americans. To date, the Museum has collected more ...
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Readout of the President’s Call with President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan of Turkey

THE WHITE HOUSE – Office of the Press Secretary February 7, 2017 President Donald J. Trump today spoke by phone with President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan of Turkey about the close, long-standing relationship between the United States and Turkey and their shared commitment to combatting terrorism in all its forms. President Trump reiterated U.S. support to ...
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The new face of U.S. currency: An African-American ‘Lady Liberty’

For the first time in the history of U.S. currency, the United States will make a special gold coin featuring Lady Liberty as an African-American woman. The coin commemorates the 225th anniversary of the Mint, the part of the U.S. Treasury that produces U.S. coins. While the coin, valued at $100, is legal money, people won’t ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Possible Protests Near the U.S. Embassy in Ankara

U.S. Embassy Ankara informs U.S. citizens that there is increased Turkish National Police presence around the Embassy in response to possible anti-American protests near the U.S. Embassy in Ankara on Friday afternoon, February 03, 2017. Even gatherings intended to be peaceful can turn confrontational and escalate into violence. You should avoid areas of large gatherings, ...
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Memorial Ceremony for Mustafa Akarsu

A memorial ceremony was held for Mustafa Akarsu, the Embassy security guard who heroically sacrificed his life during a suicide bomb attack against U.S. Embassy Ankara on February 1, 2013. The commemoration ceremony took place at the Embassy’s memorial for Mustafa Akarsu, the design of which (a continually-flowing fountain) was inspired by his last name ...
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Black History Month

Each February, Black History Month honors the struggles and triumphs of millions of American citizens over the most devastating obstacles: slavery, prejudice, poverty as well as their contributions to the nation’s cultural and political life. Black History Month was the inspiration of Carter G. Woodson, a noted scholar and historian, who instituted Negro History Week ...
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Daughter of South Asian immigrants becomes U.N. ambassador

Former South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley will serve as the new U.S. ambassador to the United Nations. Vice President Pence administered the oath of office to Haley on January 25. The U.S. Senate voted 96-4 the previous night in favor of her nomination. Haley, the daughter of immigrants from India, was the first female governor ...
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Urgent Notice Regarding Executive Order on Protecting the Nation from Terrorist Attacks by Foreign Nationals

Per the Executive Order on Protecting the Nation from Terrorist Attacks by Foreign Nationals signed on January 27, 2017, visa issuance to nationals of the countries of Iraq, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen has been suspended effective immediately until further notification. If you are a citizen of one of these countries, please do ...
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Donald Trump: America’s next president

Donald J. Trump, a businessman who promises to use his financial know-how to help Americans improve their standard of living, on January 20 takes office as the 45th president of the United States. The real estate magnate defeated former secretary of state Hillary Clinton, who had hoped to be the first woman president. Accepting victory ...
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Trump portrait takes the spotlight

One of New York City’s most well-known figures now greets visitors at the Smithsonian Institution’s  National Portrait Gallery  in Washington. A week before Donald Trump takes office as the 45th U.S. president, his photo portrait was put on display in the museum that tells the story of America through portraits. Taken in 1989 by photographer Michael O’Brien, the ...
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The many faces of King in America’s cities

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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Ongoing operations in Gaziantep

Consulate Adana warns U.S. citizens of current police operations against armed fugitives in Gaziantep City. Consulate Adana recommends that U.S. citizens remain indoors until the situation is resolved. U.S. citizens are reminded to review personal security plans, ensure communication connectivity, to remain aware of your surroundings, including local events, and to monitor local news for ...
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Apology for Past Discrimination toward Employees and Applicants based on Sexual Orientation

Throughout my career, including as Secretary of State, I have stood strongly in support of the LGBTI community, recognizing that respect for human rights must include respect for all individuals. LGBTI employees serve as proud members of the State Department and valued colleagues dedicated to the service of our country. For the past several years, ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Protest Planned Near the Turkish Parliament Building in Ankara January 9, 2017

U.S. Embassy Ankara informs U.S. citizens that it is aware that several organizations have announced a protest today, January 9, at the Dikmen entrance of the Republic of Turkey Parliament building in Ankara.  The protest is due to begin at 12:30 p.m. Even gatherings intended to be peaceful can turn confrontational and escalate into violence. ...
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Routine Message for U.S. Citizens: U.S Consulate General Istanbul will be closed tomorrow, January 9, 2017, due to inclement weather

The U.S. Consulate General in Istanbul will be closed tomorrow, January 9th, due to inclement weather.  All consular services including visa appointments and American Citizen Service appointments for passports, consular reports of birth abroad (CRBA), and notaries are cancelled.  Emergency services for U.S. citizens will be provided.   To reschedule a passport, notary or CRBA appointment, ...
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Emergency Message for U.S. Citizens: Explosion Reported in Izmir January 5, 2017

The U.S. Embassy is aware of a reported explosion near the courthouse in Bayrakli, Izmir.  The Embassy advises that U.S. citizens avoid the area at this time. The U.S. Embassy reminds U.S. citizens that extremist groups are continuing aggressive efforts to conduct attacks in areas where U.S. citizens and expatriates reside or frequent.  U.S. citizens ...
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U.S. Consulate General Istanbul: Emergency Message for U.S. Citizens: Ongoing Security Operations in Ortakoy

Security operations are still ongoing in the aftermath of the January 1st gunfire attack at Reina nightclub in Ortakoy in Istanbul. U.S. citizens are advised to shelter in place and to limit movements to an absolute minimum.  We strongly urge U.S. citizens in Istanbul to directly contact concerned family members in the United States to advise them of your ...
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Clarification Regarding U.S. Government Public Security Messages

On December 22, the U.S. Embassy issued a general holiday season threat warning for Turkey and various parts of Europe, as we do whenever there are indications that American citizens might be targeted or subjected to violence.  The statement advised American citizens to: “Avoid large crowds or crowded places when possible, especially in locations where ...
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The truth regarding misinformation in Turkish media concerning United States and Coalition operations against ISIL in Syria:

December 28, 2016 – The U.S. Embassy in Ankara There is considerable misinformation circulating in Turkish media concerning U.S. and Coalition operations against ISIL in Syria. For those interested in the truths, here are the truths: The United States government is not supporting DAESH. The USG did not create or support DAESH in the past. ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Demonstration in Mersin

U.S. Consulate Adana, Turkey Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Demonstration in Mersin December 22, 2016 The U.S. Consulate in Adana informs U.S. citizens that a demonstration will take place in Mersin on Saturday, December 24 beginning at 12 noon. The demonstration is against recent terror attacks in Turkey and will begin at Tevfik Sirri Gur ...
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Ambassador John Bass’ Interview with NTV’s Ahmet Yeşiltepe

NTV Studios, Ankara | December 22, 2016  [Introduction in Turkish] Question: Mister Ambassador, thank you very much for this opportunity. Turkey is going through terrible times, actually. Your assessments are very valuable for us to understand the current situation. First of all, I would like to start with the assassination of the Russian ambassador. What do you ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Upcoming Holiday and New Year’s Eve Celebrations

U.S. Mission Turkey reminds U.S. citizens that extremist groups are continuing aggressive efforts to conduct attacks throughout Turkey in areas where U.S. citizens and expatriates reside or frequent.  As we approach the end of 2016, U.S. citizens should be mindful of this when deciding to attend public gatherings for Holiday and New Year’s Eve celebrations. ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Return to Normal Operations at Mission Turkey Facilities on Thursday, December 22

Mission Turkey informs U.S. citizens that Embassy Ankara, Consulate General Istanbul, and Consulate Adana will re-open for normal operations on Thursday, December 22, including routine consular services. For further detailed information regarding Turkey and travel: See the State Department’s travel website for the  Worldwide Caution , Turkey’s Travel Warning , Travel Alerts, and  Turkey’s Country Specific Information . Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP)  to receive security messages and help ...
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State Department Spokesperson John Kirby’s Daily Press Briefing – December 20, 2016

Daily Press Briefing – John Kirby, Spokesperson – Daily Press Briefing – Washington, DC December 20, 2016 –  http://www.state.gov/r/pa/prs/dpb/2016/12/265846.htm MR KIRBY: […] I will tell you, though, that the Secretary in his conversation with the foreign minister did raise his concerns about some of the rhetoric coming out of Turkey with respect to American involvement/support, tacit or ...
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Readout of Secretary Kerry’s Call with Foreign Minister Cavusoglu

Readout – Office of the Spokesperson – Washington, DC December 20, 2016 The following is attributable to Spokesperson John Kirby: U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry called Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu today to convey his condolences regarding the recent terror attacks in Turkey. The Secretary also offered U.S. assistance to the investigation into the ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Limited Operations at Mission Turkey Facilities Wednesday, December 21

Mission Turkey informs U.S. citizens that Embassy Ankara, Consulate General Istanbul, and Consulate Adana will re-open Wednesday, December 21 on a limited-operation basis.  Only essential personnel will be required to come to work. Routine consular appointments will be cancelled at Embassy Ankara and Consulate General Istanbul.  Only emergency consular services will be provided. For further ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: U. S. Mission to Turkey Will Be Closed Today, December 20, 2016

Security Message for U.S. Citizens: U. S. Mission to Turkey Will Be Closed Today, December 20, 2016 U.S. Embassy Ankara December 20, 2016 On December 20th at 3:50 am, an individual approached the U.S. Embassy Ankara main gate and discharged a firearm. ‎ There have been no reported injuries and the individual is in police ...
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Emergency Message for U.S. Citizens: Security Incident Near the U.S. Embassy Over; Avoid Area Until Tuesday, December 20

U.S. Embassy Ankara advises U.S. citizens that the immediate security incident near Embassy Ankara is over, but police activity continues.   Embassy personnel have been permitted to leave the compound.   ‎Due to the ongoing police activity, we recommend you avoid the area at least until Tuesday morning, December‎ 20.  Please monitor local media for updates and ...
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Statement by Secretary Kerry on the Assassination of Russian Ambassador to Turkey Andrey Karlov

Statement by Secretary John Kerry on the Assassination of Russian Ambassador to Turkey Andrey Karlov December 19. 2016 The United States condemns the assassination today in Ankara of Russian Ambassador Andrey Karlov. Our thoughts and prayers are with his loved ones, the Russian people, and with the other victims who were injured in this shooting. ...
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Statement by NSC Spokesperson Ned Price on the Assassination of Russian Ambassador to Turkey Andrey Karlov

Statement by NSC Spokesperson Ned Price on the Assassination of Russian Ambassador to Turkey Andrey Karlov December 19, 2016 The United States strongly condemns the assassination of the Russian Ambassador to Turkey, Andrei Karlov, in Ankara today, which reportedly also left others wounded. Our thoughts and prayers are with the families and loved ones of ...
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Emergency Message for U.S. Citizens: Ongoing Security Incident Near the U.S. Embassy

U.S. Embassy Ankara advises U.S. citizens that there is an ongoing security incident near the U.S. Embassy.  All U.S. citizens should avoid the area near the U.S. Embassy compound until further notice.  Personnel at the Embassy have been advised to remain there until they receive further instructions. For further detailed information regarding Turkey and travel: ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Demonstrations in Adana, December 20

The U.S. Consulate in Adana informs U.S. citizens that general demonstrations are expected to take place between Ataturk Park and Adana’s Central Train Station on Tuesday afternoon, December 20, 2016. The participants are expected to demonstrate against recent violent terrorist attacks throughout the country and against the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK). Previous such demonstrations in ...
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Ambassador John Bass’ Letter of December 8 to Sabah Newspaper regarding Ersin Ramoğlu’s December 6, 2016 column

Mr. Erdal Safak Editor-in-Chief Sabah Newspaper Istanbul, Turkey December 8, 2016 Dear Mr. Safak: As someone who strongly believes in a strong U.S.-Turkey relationship and in the universal value of freedom of the press, I was dismayed to read the column entitled “İçimizdeki Truva Atı: İncirlik” published by your newspaper on December 6, 2016.  Columnist ...
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Statement by NSC Spokesperson Ned Price on the Terrorist Attack in Kayseri, Turkey

Statement by NSC Spokesperson Ned Price on the Terrorist Attack in Kayseri, Turkey December 17, 2016 The United States condemns in the strongest terms the terrorist attack this morning in Kayseri, Turkey, which killed more than a dozen people and wounded many more.  This cowardly attack appears to have targeted off-duty Turkish soldiers who were ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Protests Planned in Ankara, December 16, 2016

U.S. Embassy Ankara informs U.S. citizens that it is aware that an organization called Radical Change (Köklü Değişim Derneği) is organizing a protest today after the Friday prayer at approximately 1:30 pm. The group reportedly plans to march from Kocatepe Mosque to the U.S. Embassy. In addition, the U.S. Embassy informs U.S. citizens that the ...
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Readout of the President’s Call with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey

The White House Office of the Press Secretary – December 15, 2016 The President spoke by phone today with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey to express his condolences for those killed and wounded in last weekend’s terrorist attacks in Istanbul carried out by a wing of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) and for Turkish soldiers ...
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Trump picks Rex Tillerson to lead State Department

President-elect Trump announced December 13  that he has chosen ExxonMobil Chief Executive Rex Tillerson to be U.S. secretary of state, calling him “among the most accomplished business leaders and international deal makers in the world.” “Rex Tillerson’s career is the embodiment of the American dream. Through hard work, dedication and smart deal making, Rex rose through the ranks to ...
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Art From Exile: Syrian refugees find their voices through art

If civil war forced you to flee your homeland, how would you live? That question is at the heart of an exhibition at the U.S. ambassador’s residence in Ankara, Turkey, showcasing the work of eight Syrian artists now based in Istanbul. Titled Living, the exhibition — part of a larger project called Art From Exile — opened December 2 ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Demonstrations planned today in Besiktas and may occur in and around Istanbul

U.S. Consulate General Istanbul December 12, 2016 The U.S. Consulate General would like to inform U.S. citizens that demonstrations in response to the recent bombings in Besiktas are planned throughout Istanbul on Monday evening, starting at 5:30 p.m.  There will be a solidarity rally at Vodafone Arena in Besiktas and surrounding neighborhoods.  Please note that ...
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Statement by NSC Spokesperson Ned Price on the Terrorist Attack in Istanbul, Turkey

The White House Office of the Press Secretary December 11, 2016 The United States condemns in the strongest terms the terrorist attack today in Istanbul, Turkey, which killed and wounded dozens.  The attack appears to have targeted police forces.  Our thoughts and prayers go out to the victims, their families and loved ones, and to ...
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Emergency Message for U.S. Citizens: Explosion near Vodafone Stadium in Besiktas, Istanbul.

U.S. Consulate General Istanbul December 10, 2016 The U.S. Consulate General in Istanbul is monitoring reports of an explosion near the Vodafone soccer stadium and the Ritz Carlton hotel in Besiktas in Istanbul. There are preliminary reports that several people were injured. Please avoid the area, monitor local press reporting, and let friends and family ...
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Art from Exile

Syrian artists living in Turkey came together for an exhibit titled “Living,” unveiled and hosted by Holly Holzer Bass in the U.S. Ambassador’s residence in Ankara as part of the “Art in Exile” program. Displaying works of art by Syrian artists, the event attracted numerous art aficionados, cultural center directors, gallery owners and artists from ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Demonstration in Adana, December 3

The U.S. Consulate in Adana informs U.S. citizens that the Republican People’s Party (CHP) will hold a political rally at Ugur Mumcu Square near Adana’s Central Train Station on Saturday, December 3, 2016, beginning at 14:00. The CHP (Republican People’s Party) leader Kemal Kilicdaroglu will lead the political rally. The U.S. Consulate reminds all U.S. ...
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What do you know about the real King Midas?

You’ve probably heard the mythical story of King Midas and how everything he touched turned to gold. But you might not know that he was a historical figure who lived almost 3,000 years ago. A collaboration between Turkey’s Ministry of Culture and Tourism and the Penn Museum  is bringing the powerful king’s story to light in Philadelphia. The exhibition, The Golden Age of King Midas , features more than 120 ...
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Ambassador John Bass hosted Turkish Entrepreneurs

In honor of Global Entrepreneurship Week, Ambassador John Bass hosted a networking event for Turkish entrepreneurs at his residence on November 29. The event is organized to better connect the startup ecosystems in the U.S. and Turkey to facilitate economic growth and Turkish startups in the accelerator growth phase, with a focus on providing them information ...
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Elimination of Violence Against Women

In recognition of the 16 Days of Activism, on International Human Rights Day December 10, the State Department will highlight on social media the ways in which the United States and others have worked to confront this crime—in its many forms—and call on others to join us in ensuring this vital work continues. The United ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Demonstration in Adana, November 25

The U.S. Consulate in Adana informs U.S. citizens that a march is expected to take place between Ataturk Park and Inonu Park in Adana starting at 18:00pm this evening. Supporters of the Adana women’s platform will protest the State of Emergency. Even demonstrations intended to be peaceful can turn confrontational and escalate into violence. You ...
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Emergency Message to U.S. Citizens: Explosion at Governor’s office in Adana, Turkey

Consulate of the United States of America Adana, Turkey Emergency Security Message for U.S. Citizens At approximately 08:05 this morning, an explosive device was detonated at the Governor’s office in Adana. The office is located SW of the intersection of Mücahitler and Mustafa Kemal Paşa roads. The U.S. Consulate recommends all U.S. citizens to avoid ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Protest and Police Action on Paris Avenue in Kavaklidere, Ankara, November 18

U.S. Embassy Ankara informs U.S. citizens that it is aware that police have responded to a gathering of approximately 250 protestors in the vicinity of the German Embassy, located on Paris Avenue in Kavaklidere, Ankara. The U.S. Embassy is next door to the German Embassy in Ankara.  Traffic in the vicinity may be affected. The governorate ...
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#SWTTurkey Photo Contest Winners

Our Summer Work & Travel Turkey Photo Contest Reception took place with the participation of our Consul General Jennifer Davis and Ambassador John Bass where the runner-ups of our contest received their prizes. We would also like to congratulate our winner, Ipek Dolu! Thank you to all who shared their photos this summer with #SWTTurkey ...
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TechCamp Istanbul

October 13-14, 2016 | Istanbul The U.S. Mission to Turkey in partnership with International Medical Corps hosted “TechCamp Istanbul: Digital Solutions for Displaced Populations” on October 13-14 in Istanbul.The event brought together more than 80 service providers and tech experts from Turkey, Greece, Jordan, Lebanon, Italy, and the U.S. to empower NGOs and civil society ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Protest and Police Action on Paris Avenue in Kavaklidere, Ankara

U.S. Embassy Ankara informs U.S. citizens that it is aware that police have responded to a gathering of approximately 500 protestors in the vicinity of the German Embassy, located on Paris Avenue in Kavaklidere, Ankara. The U.S. Embassy is next door to the German Embassy in Ankara.  Paris Avenue (Caddesi) is currently closed to traffic. ...
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Ambassador John Bass is hosting students to watch the U.S. Presidential Elections

The vote today (November 8, 2016) is the 58th U.S. presidential election. U.S. Ambassador to Turkey John Bass is watching the elections with academics, alumni from the YES program, and other invited guests at his residence in Ankara. The YES (Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange and Study) program is a fully-funded exchange program for high school students ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Demonstrations in Adana, November 4

The U.S. Consulate in Adana informs U.S. citizens that demonstrations are expected to take place at Ataturk Park and Inonu Park in Adana throughout the day on Friday, November 4th, 2016. Supporters of the HDP (Peoples’ Democratic Party) will protest the detention of HDP parliamentarians, including co-chairs Selahattin Demirtaş and Figen Yüksekdağ. Even demonstrations intended ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Safety Concerns in Adana

Consulate General Adana advises U.S. citizens that extremist groups continue aggressive efforts to attack U.S. citizens and other foreigners in Adana. Attacks may be pre-planned or could occur with little or no warning. They include, but are not limited to: armed attacks, attempted kidnappings, bombings, or other violent acts. The Consulate advises U.S. citizens residing ...
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Remarks by Deputy Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken at 35th Annual Conference on U.S.-Turkey Relations

Antony J. Blinken Deputy Secretary of State Washington, DC November 1, 2016 Good evening. It is wonderful to be with all of you tonight. Eren [Ozmen], thank you for your wonderful remarks and especially for everything that you are doing for this invaluable relationship. Ambassadors—I see a number of you here—distinguished guests, thank you for ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Demonstrations in Adana, November 1

Consulate of the United States of America Adana, Turkey U.S. Consulate Adana informs U.S. citizens that several demonstrations are expected to take place in Adana as outlined below. 1 November 2016 – 17:30 –  CHP  (Republican People’s Party) will hold a demonstration at Inonu Park. 1 November 2016 – 18:00 –  KESK (Confederation of Public ...
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Spokesperson John Kirby’s statements from the daily press briefing

Spokesperson John Kirby U.S. Department of State October 31, 2016 – Daily Press Briefing The United States is deeply concerned by what appears to be an increase in official pressure on opposition media outlets in Turkey, including through the detention earlier today of Murat Sabuncu, the editor-in-chief of Turkey’s most – one of Turkey’s most ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Protest and Police Action on Paris and Kuveyt Avenues in Ankara, October 31

U.S. Embassy Ankara informs U.S. citizens that it is aware that police have responded to a gathering of protesters in the vicinity of the intersection of Kuveyt and Paris Avenues, near the U.S. Embassy in Kavaklidere, Ankara. The governorate of Ankara has banned all demonstrations, rallies and public gatherings in the Province of Ankara, inclusive ...
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Travel Warning

The U.S. Department of State continues to warn U.S. citizens of increased threats from terrorist groups throughout Turkey.  U.S. citizens should avoid travel to southeast Turkey and carefully consider the risks of travel to and throughout the country.  The U.S. Department of State is updating this Travel Warning to reflect the October 29, 2016, decision to ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Republic Day Gatherings in Ankara on October 29

U.S. Embassy Ankara, October 28, 2016 U.S. Embassy Ankara informs U.S. citizens that several political groups have announced that their supporters will march in Ankara on October 29, 2016. The governorate of Ankara has banned all demonstrations, rallies and public gatherings in the Province of Ankara, inclusive of the city of Ankara, until November 30, 2016, ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Demonstration in Adana, October 28

U.S. Consulate Adana informs U.S. citizens that a demonstration is expected to take place at Inonu Park, Adana, at 11:00 on Friday, October 28th, 2016. HDP- People’s Democracy Party- will hold a press statement and sit-in protest with the participation of the HDP officials to protest the government. Even demonstrations intended to be peaceful can ...
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Secretary of State John Kerry On the Occasion of Turkey’s Republic Day

Press Statement John Kerry Secretary of State Washington, DC- October 27, 2016 On behalf of President Obama and the American people, I congratulate the people of Turkey as you celebrate the 93rd anniversary of the founding of your republic on October 29. As a long-time Ally, the United States remains steadfast in support of Turkey’s ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Republic Day Gatherings in Izmir on October 29

Embassy of the United States of America-Ankara, Turkey, October 27, 2016 U.S. Embassy Ankara informs U.S. citizens that media have announced Republic Day gatherings in Cumhuriyet Meydani and Kordon in Izmir. Even gatherings intended to be peaceful can turn confrontational and escalate into violence. You should avoid areas of large gatherings, and exercise caution if in ...
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Readout of the President’s Call with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey

THE WHITE HOUSE Office of the Press Secretary October 26, 2016 The President spoke by phone today with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to discuss the next steps in the campaign against ISIL. The President recognized the contributions of Turkey, our NATO Ally, to the campaign, especially in supporting local Syrian forces who have cleared ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Updated Information on Potential Terrorist Operations in Istanbul

U.S. Consulate General Istanbul — Istanbul, Turkey October 22, 2016 Security Message: Update on Potential Terrorist Operations in Istanbul The U.S. Consulate General in Istanbul advises U.S. citizens that extremist groups are continuing aggressive efforts to attack Americans and/or other foreigners in Istanbul. These attacks may be pre-planned or could occur with little or no ...
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Consul General Davis Visited Istanbul Governor Vasip Şahin

Jennifer Davis officially began her tenure as U.S. Consul General in Istanbul on October 14 after her introductory meeting with Istanbul Governor Vasip Şahin. “Very honored to meet Istanbul Governor Vasip Şahin and discuss the importance of the U.S.-Turkey bilateral relationship”, Consul General Davis said after the meeting.
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Statement by Secretary of Defense Ash Carter on the Liberation of Dabiq

October 16, 2016 I welcome today’s news that Syrian opposition forces liberated the Syrian town of Dabiq from ISIL control, aided by strong support from our ally Turkey and our international coalition. This is more than just the latest military result against this barbaric group. Dabiq held symbolic importance to ISIL. The group carried out ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Labor Confederation Rallies, Kurtulus Meydani and Kolej Meydani in Ankara, on October 15

Embassy of the United States of America — Ankara, Turkey October 13, 2016 Labor Confederation Rallies, Kurtulus Meydani and Kolej Meydani in Ankara, on October 15 U.S. Embassy Ankara informs U.S. citizens that a group of labor unions have announced rallies at two different locations in Ankara on October 15, 2016. The rallies are set ...
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Presentation on U.S. Elections 2016 – Hacettepe University on October 11, 2016

U.S. Embassy Consular Officer, Joseph Yackley gave a talk on the U.S. election system on October 11, 2016 at Hacettepe University to American Culture and Literature Department students.  His presentation focused on the U.S. election system, selection of candidates and general information about electoral system. After his presentation, Yackley opened the floor for questions and engaged ...
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Message for U.S. Citizens: Memorial Commemoration of the Bombing Near the Ankara Train Station on October 10

Embassy of the United States of America — Ankara, Turkey October 8, 2016 Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Memorial Commemoration of the Bombing Near the Ankara Train Station, Ankara Train Station, on October 10 U.S. Embassy Ankara informs U.S. citizens that an unofficial memorial ceremony, marking the one year anniversary of the bombing of a ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Demonstration in Adana, October 5

Consulate of the United States of America Adana, Turkey U.S. Consulate Adana informs U.S. citizens that a demonstration is expected to take place at Ataturk Park, Adana, at 18:00 on Wednesday, October 5th, 2016. Several NGOs and Unions will hold the demonstration to protest against the Turkish Government. Even demonstrations intended to be peaceful can ...
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Ambassador Bass Visited The Resettlement Support Center in Turkey

September 23, 2016 | Istanbul US Ambassador John Bass and Holly Holzer Bass visited the Resettlement Support Center (“RSC”) in Turkey where refugees who are referred to the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program (“USRAP”) have their cases screened and then adjudicated for resettlement by United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USCIS”). Once they are found eligible ...
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Deputy Secretary Antony Blinken’s Interview with NTV’s Ahmet Yeşiltepe

U.S. Ambassador’s Residence September 27, 2016 Verbatim transcript Yeşiltepe: İyi günler, Türkiye ile Amerika Birleşik Devletleri arasındaki ilişkiler son dönemde oldukça hareketli sıcak bir süreç geçiriyor, işte böyle bir dönemde özelikle 15 Temmuz darbe girişiminin ardından ve ağırlıklı olarak Suriye’nin ekseni oluşturduğu ilişkler sürecinde Ankara’nın çok önemli bir konuğu var, Amerika Birleşik Devletleri Dışişleri Bakan ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Threats Against Western Businesses in Gaziantep

Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Threats Against Western Businesses in Gaziantep September 21, 2016 There are reports of a police investigation into a terror cell in Gaziantep.  The information suggests the terrorists are possibly targeting shopping centers, Starbucks, Big Chef Restaurants and or other businesses catering to Western customers.   U.S. citizens in Gaziantep are advised ...
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Statement of Concern About Today’s Events in Southeast Turkey

U.S. Embassy Ankara We are concerned by reports of clashes in Turkey’s Southeast following the Government’s decision to remove some elected local officials from office on charges of supporting terrorism, and appoint local trustees in their place. The United States condemns terrorism and supports Turkey’s right to defend itself.  As Turkish authorities investigate allegations that ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: HDP Democracy and Peace Rally

Security Message for U.S. Citizens: HDP Democracy and Peace Rally September 2, 2016 Embassy Ankara advises U.S. Citizens that the HDP (People’s Democratic Party) plans to hold a “Democracy and Peace Rally” the evening of Saturday, September 3 in and around the Kurtuluş Square and Kolej Meydanı areas of Ankara.  Previous peace rallies have been ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: TGB Demonstrations Planned Across Turkey

Security Message for U.S. Citizens: TGB Demonstrations Planned Across Turkey August 29, 2016 The U.S. Embassy in Ankara and Consulates in Istanbul and Adana inform U.S. citizens that the Turkish Youth Union (TGB) has planned a series of nationwide demonstrations to take place tomorrow, August 30th.  Demonstrations are scheduled in the vicinity of central public ...
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Security Message: Turkey Travel Warning Update

Security Message: Turkey Travel Warning Update August 29, 2016 The U.S. Department of State continues to warn U.S. citizens of increased threats from terrorist groups throughout Turkey and to avoid travel to southeastern Turkey.  On August 23, 2016, the Department of State extended voluntary departure of family members assigned to the U.S. Embassy in Ankara ...
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“Turkey’s Unbending Commitment to Democracy”

August 24, 2016 Op-Ed by Vice President Joseph Biden   Milliyet Newspaper Last month, in the face of a violent attempted coup, thousands of brave citizens of Turkey—ordinary men and women—left the safety of their homes and took to the streets, filling Taksim Square and public spaces all across the country.  Amid gunshots and explosions, ...
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United States Condemns Bombing in Gaziantep, Turkey

Press Statement Mark C. Toner Deputy Department Spokesperson Washington, DC- August 21, 2016 The United States strongly condemns yesterday’s heinous attack on a wedding party in Gaziantep. We extend heartfelt condolences to the friends and families of the victims and we wish a full and speedy recovery for the many who were wounded. We stand by ...
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Statement by NSC Spokesperson Ned Price on the Terrorist Attack in Gaziantep, Turkey

August 21, 2016 The United States condemns in the strongest possible terms yesterday’s terrorist attack in Gaziantep, Turkey.  The perpetrators of this barbaric act cynically and cowardly targeted a wedding, killing dozens and leaving scores wounded.  Our thoughts and prayers go out to the families and loved ones of those killed, and we wish a ...
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Routine Message for U.S. Citizens: State of Emergency 


Routine Message for U.S. Citizens: State of Emergency August 8, 2016   U.S. Embassy Ankara informs U.S. citizens resident in or visiting Turkey of potential impacts of the 90-day state of emergency imposed by the Government of Turkey July 21. The state of emergency expands the authority of security forces in stopping, searching, and validating ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Ankara Demonstrations August 5 – 7, 2016

Ankara Demonstrations August 5 – 7, 2016 August 5, 2016 U.S. Embassy Ankara informs U.S. citizens that demonstrations are expected to take place in Kizilay and possibly in other locations beginning Friday, August 5 and may continue through Sunday, August 7.  At this time there are no reports of road closures. However this is subject ...
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Consul General Hunter’s Remarks at ABFT General Assembly

As Prepared for Consul General Charles F. Hunter Delivered by Deputy Principal Officer Christy Agor Good morning, it is a pleasure for me to open the 12th General Assembly meeting. ABFT continues to prove its value to the American and Turkish business community and this is confirmed by a 71% increase in membership between the ...
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Security Message: Turkey Travel Warning Update

Turkey Travel Warning Update July 26, 2016 The U.S. Department of State continues to warn U.S. citizens of increased threats from terrorist groups throughout Turkey and to avoid travel to southeastern Turkey. The U.S. Department of State is updating this Travel Warning to reflect the July 25, 2016, decision to authorize the voluntary departure of ...
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Vice President Biden’s Call with Prime Minister Binali Yildirim of Turkey

July 21, 2016 | The White House Office of the Vice President The Vice President spoke by phone today with Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim.  During the call, the Vice President reaffirmed the importance of the strategic relationship between the United States and Turkey, and reiterated the United States’ strong condemnation of last week’s attempted coup against ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Threat of Terrorist Activity

Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Threat of Terrorist Activity July 20, 2016 The U.S. Embassy in Ankara informs U.S. citizens that, as recent attacks in Istanbul, Dhaka, and Nice and elsewhere have demonstrated, the threat of terrorist activity (including attacks by firearms, explosives, vehicular assault, or other means, as well as kidnapping) remains elevated in many countries including Turkey. According to the State Department’s Turkey Travel Warning , Westerners ...
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Ambassador John Bass’ Remarks at Independence Day Reception in Istanbul – July 20, 2016

Sayın Vali, Sayın İstanbul Belediye Başkanı, Sayın İlçe Belediye Başkanı, Değerli Konuklar, Hanımefendiler ve Beyefendiler, İyi akşamlar.  Hoşgeldiniz. I want to thank all of you tonight for joining us to mark the 240th anniversary of our independence. Let me first express deep appreciation to our sponsors for their support and their flexibility in supporting this ...
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Readout of the President’s Call with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey

July 19, 2016 The White House Office of the Press Secretary The President spoke by phone today with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and again strongly condemned last week’s attempt to violently remove the democratically-elected civilian government of Turkey and expressed his support for Turkish democracy.  The President lauded the Turkish people’s resolve against this ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Demonstrations expected at the U.S. Consulate General Istanbul today July 18, 2016

Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Demonstrations expected at the U.S. Consulate General Istanbul today July 18, 2016 The U.S. Consulate General Istanbul informs U.S. citizens that demonstrations are expected at the U.S. Consulate General Istanbul and the vicinity this afternoon beginning at approximately 2:00 p.m.  U.S citizens should avoid the U.S. Consulate this afternoon and ...
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Turkey Travel Warning Update July 18, 2016

Turkey Travel Warning Update July 18, 2016 The U.S. Department of State warns U.S. citizens of increased threats from terrorist groups throughout Turkey and to avoid travel to southeastern Turkey. In light of the July 15 coup attempt and the resulting potential for interruptions to travel and daily life, we suggest U.S. citizens reconsider travel ...
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Message to U.S. Citizens: Direct Flights Between the United States and Turkey to Resume July 19, 2016

Message to U.S. Citizens: Direct Flights Between the United States and Turkey to Resume July 19, 2016 July 18, 2016 On July 18, 2016, the Federal Aviation Administration lifted its notice to airmen (NOTAM) restrictions that prohibited U.S. airline carriers from flying to or from Istanbul and Ankara airports. Normal flight operations between the United ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Martyrs Ceremony at Kocatepe Mosque, Ankara July 17, 2016

Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Martyrs Ceremony at Kocatepe Mosque, Ankara July 17, 2016 U.S. Embassy Ankara informs U.S. citizens that a Martyrs Ceremony is expected to take place at the Kocatepe Mosque in Ankara today, Sunday, July 17, 2016 after mid-afternoon prayers. We anticipate large crowds, traffic disruptions, and unpredictable conditions. Even demonstrations intended ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Security Update July 16, 2016

Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Security Update July 16, 2016 As the situation in Turkey stabilizes, U.S. Embassy Ankara strongly encourages U.S. citizens to use extreme caution in leaving your residence or hotel to conduct essential errands or business. Due to the potential for pro-government rallies and the possibility of clashes, the U.S. Embassy advises to ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Istanbul’s Ataturk Airport Security July 16

Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Istanbul’s Ataturk Airport Security July 16 July 16, 2016 U.S. Embassy Ankara informs U.S. citizens that routes to Istanbul’s Ataturk airport are open; however, we are still hearing reports of sporadic gunfire. Security at Ataturk airport is significantly diminished and U.S. government employees have been instructed not to attempt to ...
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Emergency Message for U.S. Citizens: Incirlik Air Base and Adana Airport Information, July 16

Emergency Message for U.S. Citizens: Incirlik Air Base and Adana Airport Information, July 16 July 16, 2016 Be advised that local authorities are denying movements on to and off of Incirlik Air Base. The power there has also been cut. Please avoid the air base until normal operations have been restored. In addition, the Adana ...
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Emergency Message for U.S. Citizens: Military Operations

Emergency Message for U.S. Citizens: Military Operations July 15, 2016 The U.S. Mission in Turkey advises American citizens that military operations are underway in Ankara and could occur in other parts of the country.  U.S. citizens are advised to seek shelter in safe places.  Avoid unnecessary travel.  Monitor media reports.  The Mission will share further ...
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Emergency Message for U.S. Citizens: Shots Heard in Ankara, Bridges Closed in Istanbul

Emergency Message for U.S. Citizens: Shots Heard in Ankara, Bridges Closed in Istanbul July 15, 2016 U.S. Embassy Ankara informs U.S. citizens that shots have been heard in Ankara and both bridges in Istanbul, Bosphorous and Fatih Sultan Mehmet, are now closed.  The Turkish Government states that elements of the Turkish army are attempting an ...
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Ambassador John Bass’ Speech At the 240th Independence Day Reception

"It has been a difficult, painful year since Holly Hanım and I hosted many of you last year at this event. Both of our societies have suffered pain and loss at the hands of terrorists. We feel the losses here in Turkey deeply, and we again extend our deep condolences to everyone here and across ...
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Let’s Up Demo Days

Student entrepreneurship is on the rise and becoming even more important, both for students as they develop long-term leadership skills, and business connections in Turkey. Additionally, entrepreneurship is an activity that cannot only enhance students’ success academically, but strengthen confidence and instill qualities and skills conducive to success upon graduation. To foster the ecosystem in ...
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Security Message: Turkey Travel Warning

Security Message: Turkey Travel Warning June 27, 2016 The U.S. Department of State warns U.S. citizens of increased threats from terrorist groups throughout Turkey and to avoid travel to southeastern Turkey.  This replaces the Travel Warning dated March 29, 2016. Foreign and U.S. tourists have been explicitly targeted by international and indigenous terrorist organizations. As ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: MHP Gathering in Ankara on June 19th

Security Message for U.S. Citizens: MHP Gathering in Ankara on June 19th June 17, 2016 U.S. Embassy Ankara informs U.S. citizens that a large gathering is expected to take place at the Buyuk Anadolu Hotel (near Esenboga Airport) on Sunday, June 19 at 10:00 a.m. The Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) will be holding an extraordinary ...
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Consul General Hunter’s Remarks on the Tragic Shooting in Orlando, Florida

June 13, 2016 The U.S. Consulate General in Istanbul is shocked and saddened by the tragic and senseless act of violence in Orlando, Florida. As we commemorate Pride Month this June, we have raised the Rainbow Flag in memory of the victims of this tragedy and in solidarity with the LGBTI community and all those ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Protest at CHP Headquaters in Ankara on June 11

Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Protest at CHP Headquaters in Ankara on June 11 June 10, 2016 U.S. Embassy Ankara informs U.S. citizens that a protest is expected to take place outside of the Republican People’s Party (CHP) Headquarters in Sogutozu in Ankara on Saturday, June 11 from 11:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. We anticipate ...
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Ambassador John Bass’s statement regarding the terror attack in Istanbul – June 7, 2016

John Bass, U.S. Ambassador to Turkey | June 7, 2016 Deeply saddened by the barbarous terror attack in Istanbul. Such senseless violence could never be rationalized by any cause. We wish speedy recovery to the injured and extend condolences to the family & friends of those who lost their lives. We condemn this heinous attack, ...
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Emergency Message for U.S. Citizens: Explosion Reported in Vezneciler, Fatih District, Istanbul

Emergency Message for U.S. Citizens: Explosion Reported in Vezneciler, Fatih District, Istanbul June 7, 2016 This morning, at approximately 8:45 a.m., there was a bomb explosion in the Vezneciler area of Fatih District in Istanbul.  Multiple casualties have been reported and public transit in the area may be affected.  We strongly encourage U.S. citizens to ...
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Consul General Hunter’s Remarks at “Let’s Up Entrepreneurship Demo Day”

Dear Bogazici Rector, Umit Bey; TEB CEO Ümit Leblebici; and future entrepreneurs; Entrepreneurship is a way of life.  It’s a powerful force, driving individuals to achieve their dreams, despite the odds and the doubts of others. I love entrepreneurship.  There is nothing like the excitement, glory, fun and sheer thrill of starting something from scratch ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Demonstrations May 28 & 29 in Ankara

Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Demonstrations May 28 & 29 in Ankara May 27, 2016 U.S. Embassy Ankara informs U.S. citizens that demonstrations are expected to take place in the Kurtulus and Kolej districts of Ankara on Saturday, May 28 from 12:00 to 18:00. It has been reported that roads in these areas will be ...
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Bass’s January 13 interview with Sabah newspaper – January 15, 2016

Published Janurary 15, 2016 Okan Müderrisoğlu:  (In Turkish) Thank you very much, sir, for giving us the opportunity for a second interview. Taking into consideration the limited time we have, I would like to start with questions right away. My colleague Mr. Unal will join with follow-up questions. Ambassador Bass: Of course. Okan Müderrisoğlu: (In ...
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