Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Public Protests at U.S. Consulate General Istanbul

U.S. Consulate General Istanbul, Turkey December 20, 2017 The U.S. Diplomatic Mission to Turkey is aware that today at 11:00 a.m., a worker’s union will hold a small protest in the vicinity of the U.S. Consulate General in Istanbul. We urge U.S. citizens to avoid all protests, especially those in the area of the U.S. ...
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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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Susan Straight on Eliminating Gender-Based Violence

Susan Straight is a professor, author, and mother of three. On the International Day to End Violence Against Women and throughout the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence Campaign activities, she shares some of her thoughts and experiences on gender, women’s rights, and violence against women through a series of videos.  For more information ...
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Secretary of State Rex W. Tillerson’s Travel To Istanbul

July 9-10, 2017 Istanbul Secretary Tillerson traveled to Istanbul, Turkey, July 9–10, where he met with senior Turkish officials to discuss a range of bilateral and regional issues. Remarks to the Staff of the U.S. Consulate General Istanbul ;  Secretary of State Rex W. Tillerson, Istanbul, Turkey Remarks at the World Petroleum Council Congress Opening Ceremony ;  Secretary of State Rex W. Tillerson; Istanbul, Turkey
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Remarks by Ambassador Bass with Consul General Davis at Independence Day Celebrations in Istanbul

On July 6, the U.S. Consulate General in Istanbul hosted the Fourth of July Reception at Fairmont Quasar Hotel to mark the 241st anniversary of Declaration of Independence this year. Speeches: Consul General Davis: Merhaba. İyi akşamlar misafirlerimiz ve arkadaşlarımız. Hoşgeldiniz. It is a great honor for us to have you all here tonight as ...
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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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Consul General Davis Brought Her Sports Diplomacy Challenge to Izmir.

June 2, 2017, Izmir During her June 2 visit to Izmir, U.S. Consulate General Istanbul held meetings with the Turkish-American Business Association (TABA), Association for Solidarity with Asylum Seekers and Migrants (ASAM), the American Collegiate Institute (ACI), and the Association for Supporting Slow Living (YAYADE).  The breakfast with TABA provided an opportunity to better understand ...
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Your Turn to Play! (Artık Top Sende!)

“The game of basketball has been everything to me. My place of refuge, place I’ve always gone where I needed comfort and peace. It’s been the site of intense pain and the most intense feelings of joy and satisfaction. It’s a relationship that has evolved over time, given me the greatest respect and love for ...
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Consul General Davis Visits Şahinkaya Schools in Bursa

May 8, 2017 Consul General Davis was honored to speak with more than 500 Sahinkaya Education Foundation students in Bursa using their time, intellect, and hearts to solve tough global challenges and foster peace. Congratulations to the students and to their parents and teachers who are developing such bright minds!    
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Consul General Davis at TurkishWINTalk

April 11, 2017 “Clearly women can, and in fact are, transforming economies and society for everyone’s benefit.”  Consul General Jennifer Davis delivered encouraging remarks at #TurkishWINTalk to women bringing positive impact to their communities and businesses.
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Consul General Davis with Robin Chase, Founder of Zipcar

March 23, 2017 Consul General Davis met with Robin Chase, Co-founder and Former CEO of the largest car sharing company, Zipcar. After her participation in a conference on “Smart and Innovative Business Models in Transportation” at ITU Magnet, Robin Chase answered Consul General Davis’ questions on start-up business challenges and advice to young entrepreneurs at ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Demonstrations Planned Today in Fatih District at Sarachane Park

U.S. Consulate General Istanbul – March 18, 2017 Demonstrations are being planned in Istanbul’s Fatih district at Sarachane Park this afternoon at approximately 1500 hours to protest airstrikes near Aleppo, Syria.  This demonstration is expected to be peaceful, but also likely to involve anti-Western/American sentiment and could possibly inspire additional demonstrations throughout Istanbul with little or ...
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Gender Equality in Business Reception

“We believe that women’s participation in every aspect of society is essential to the development of a more peaceful, prosperous, and just world.” -CG Davis Consul General Jennifer Davis hosted “Gender Equality in Business Reception” in honor of March 8th International Women’s Day. The event brought together leaders from business, civil society, and universities to ...
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Consul General Davis at AmCham Turkey/ABFT

January 19, 2017 Consul General Jennifer Davis delivers remarks at the American Business Forum in Turkey (AmCham Turkey/ABFT) New Year Reception on the importance of collaborating with AmCham Turkey/ABFT to support the relationship between Turkey and the U.S.  
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Routine Message for U.S. Citizens: U.S Consulate General Istanbul will only offer emergency services January 11, 2017

Due to inclement weather, on Tuesday, January 11th, the U.S. Consulate General in Istanbul will be open for emergency services for U.S. citizens only. All scheduled consular services including visa appointments and American Citizen Service appointments for passports, consular reports of birth abroad (CRBA), and notaries are cancelled.   To reschedule a passport, notary or CRBA appointment, please schedule ...
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Routine Message for U.S. Citizens: U.S Consulate General Istanbul will only offer emergency services January 10, 2017

Due to inclement weather, on Tuesday, January 10th, the U.S. Consulate General in Istanbul will be open for emergency services for U.S. citizens only. All scheduled consular services including visa appointments and American Citizen Service appointments for passports, consular reports of birth abroad (CRBA), and notaries are cancelled.   To reschedule a passport, notary or CRBA appointment, please schedule ...
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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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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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Emergency Message for U.S. Citizens: Gunfire and Casualties near Reina nightclub in Ortakoy

January 1, 2017 There are reports of gunfire near Reina nightclub in Ortakoy in Istanbul.  Multiple casualties  have been reported. U.S. citizens should avoid the area. We strongly urge U.S. citizens in Turkey to directly contact concerned family members in the United States to advise them of your safety. The U.S. Consulate General in Istanbul ...
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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: Demonstrations Expected Near Taksim, Sisli and Tarlabasi in Istanbul (November 5, 2016)

The U.S. Consulate General would like to inform U.S. citizens that demonstrations related to the arrests of Peoples’ Liberation Party (HDP) leadership are expected starting this afternoon and continuing into the evening in the vicinity of Taksim, Sisli Mosque Square and Tarlabasi in Istanbul. Further demonstrations may occur in other locations throughout Istanbul with little ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Consul General Hunter’s Remarks at the Independence Day Reception in Istanbul

Remarks in Turkish at the beginning Briefly, in English: Mr. Governor, Mr. Mayor, dear guests, thank you all for coming. Our hearts are heavy with the events of recent days, and we hope that our countries, peoples, partnerships and democracies can emerge from them stronger than ever. Ramadan and I are especially heavy-hearted because this ...
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“My City” Creativity Workshop With Youth From Turkey and Syria

“My City” youth creativity workshop was organized on May 10-12 in collaboration with the Tarlabaşı Community Center and the U.S. Consulate General in Istanbul. Syrian and Turkish youth participants (ages 11-15) engaged in the workshop led by American strategist Lina Srivastava who combines media, technology, art, and storytelling for social transformation. They first focused on ...
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“Peace Mosaic” Final Launch Ceremony in Beykoz

Consul General Chuck Hunter and Mayor of Beykoz Yücel Çelikbilek attended the “Peace Mosaic” final launch ceremony on May 11th. The mural mosaic project  was carried out by Beykoz Municipality in collaboration with Meridian International Center and the U.S. Consulate General in Istanbul. American mosaic artist Laurel True created this amazing artwork with students and volunteers ...
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Ambassador Bass Visits RandD Centers in Istanbul and Kocaeli

On April 19th, Ambassador Bass visited three cutting-edge R&D centers in Istanbul and Kocaeli that showcased U.S.-Turkey cooperation. GE’s Aviation Center and Applied Materials lab showed us what the future of engine manufacturing might look like. Ford Otosan showed off their EcoTorq fuel-efficient line of diesel engines that they’ve developed in-house for Ford’s entire global ...
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Preventing Domestic Violence with Mark Wynn

Mark Wynn, 21 year member of the Nashville Metropolitan Police Department spoke at events organized by Women’s Education and Culture Foundation (HEKVA) and then the Maltepe Municipality during his Istanbul visit on April 14-15. He presented an overview of training services to prevent domestic and sexual violence, and shared his professional experiences on effective intervention ...
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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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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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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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Consul General Hunter’s Remarks at US Speaker Mark Wynn’s Presentation on Countering Domestic Violence

It is a great honor to be here today and to have the opportunity to introduce Mark Wynn, a man who dedicated his life to both law enforcement and to protecting society against the scourge of domestic violence. As you have heard, he has more than 20 years of experience in law enforcement as a ...
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Consul General Hunter’s Remarks at Kabataş Erkek Lisesi Model United Nations Conference

May 15, 2016 (As prepared) Good afternoon. I would like to thank Principal Fatih Güldal, MUN Advisors, the President of the General Assembly, the Secretary General and the Secretariat team. It’s an honor for me to be here once again at Kabataş Erkek Lisesi for your Model UN conference. First of all, I want to ...
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Consul General Hunter’s Remarks at Peace Mosaic Inauguration, Beykoz Municipality

Sayın Belediye Başkanı, Çok Sevgili Öğrenciler, Hanımefendiler, Beyefendiler. Bu projenin gerceklestirilmesinden cok buyuk bir mutluluk duyuyorum.  Hepiniz hosgeldiniz. It really is an honor for the U.S. Consulate General in Istanbul to be working with Beykoz Municipality on a project such as this. I’m very certain that this project is going to be extremely meaningful to ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Metrobus Service Halted in Sisli due to Suspicious Package

The U.S. Consulate General would like to inform U.S. citizens that Metrobus service in the Sisli area has stopped as of 4:30p.m. as authorities investigate a suspicious package at Darulaceze-Perpa metrobus stop, northwest of Sisli. U.S. citizens are urged to exercise extreme caution and vigilance in that area. The U.S. Consulate General reminds U.S. citizens ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Suspicious Package in Sisli Rendered Safe

The U.S. Consulate General would like to inform U.S. citizens that the suspicious package previously reported in the Sisli area has been rendered safe and traffic has returned to normal. We strongly encourage U.S. citizens to monitor local media for updates, maintain a high level of vigilance, be aware of local events, and take the ...
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Emergency Message for U.S. Citizens: Credible Threats to Public Squares and Docks in Istanbul and Antalya

The U.S. Mission in Turkey would like to inform U.S. citizens that there are credible threats to tourist areas, in particular to public squares and docks in Istanbul and Antalya.  Please exercise extreme caution if you are in the vicinity of such areas. For your personal safety, we urge you to monitor local media. For further ...
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Consul General Hunter Visits the Çanakkale Region

On April 1-2, Consul General Hunter traveled to the Çanakkale region to meet with local government officials and community leaders and to visit cultural and historical sites.The Consul General held meetings with the Governor of Çanakkale Ahmet Çınar and Mayor Ülgür Gökhan to discuss the important relationship between Çanakkale and the U.S. Consulate General in ...
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Congratulations to the BorderlessHack Winning Team

Congratulations to the Borderless Hack winning team from Istanbul&I!! The judges loved their Hand to Heart winning project — using powerful storytelling to connect Syrian refugee women craft makers with a transparent, online marketplace. We’re looking forward to supporting them with this incredible endeavor! Thanks to all of our fantastic participants, mentors, jurors, and sponsors ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Threat Against Places of Worship

U.S. Mission Turkey advises that Turkish media is reporting warnings of an Easter threat by ISIL against places of worship, including churches, synagogues and diplomatic missions. The Turkish National Police plans enhanced coverage for these types of locations. No specific locations are named nor is any of the information being attributed to the U.S. U.S. citizens are ...
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Consul General Hunter’s Sakarya Visit

During his visit to Sakarya on March 23, Consul General Hunter discussed opportunities for greater cooperation between Turkey and the U.S. with members of the Sakarya Chamber of Commerce, toured the Earthquake and Culture Museum, and also visited ASAS Aluminum Factory where he was presented art created by U.S. artist Dennis Lee Mitchell during his ...
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Consul General Hunter Together with Fellow Consuls General Expressed Condolences

Consul General Charles F. Hunter Hunter together with fellow Consuls General expressed condolences for the victims of the tragic bombing on Istiklal Street and the terror attacks in Brussels. “Whether it’s American, Turkish, whatever nationality, we stand united in the face of extremism and in our determination to fight that scourge.”      
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Emergency Message for U.S. Citizens: Bombing on Istiklal Avenue in Istanbul

According to media reports, a bomb has exploded on Istiklal Avenue in the Taksim area of Istanbul. There are reported injuries and deaths, and emergency personnel and police have arrived at the scene. For your personal safety, we urge you to avoid that area and to monitor local media. We strongly encourage U.S. citizens to ...
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Travel Warning – Turkey (March 17, 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. Due to threats from international and indigenous groups, U.S. citizens should exercise caution when traveling throughout the country. This Travel Warning replaces the Travel Warning dated February 29, 2016. Recent terrorist attacks ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Demonstrations in Istanbul on March 11-12

The U.S. Consulate General informs U.S. citizens that, according to Turkish media reports and government sources, demonstrations are likely to take place on March 11th and/or 12th to mark the second anniversary of the death of Berkin Elvan, a 15-year-old boy who died as a result of Turkish National Police action during the 2013 Gezi ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Security information for March 11, 2016 in Turkey

The U.S. Consulate General would like to inform U.S. citizens that March 11 will mark the 2nd anniversary of the death of Berkin Elvan, a 15-year-old boy who died as a result of Turkish National Police action during the 2013 Gezi Park protests.  According to Turkish media reports and government sources, the Marxist-Leninist Communist Party ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Demonstrations planned on Istiklal Street in Istanbul

The U.S. Consulate General would like to inform U.S. citizens that demonstrations are planned for this evening on Istiklal Street near the Galatasaray area of Istanbul. Several hundred people are expected to gather in protest of the recent developments regarding free media. The U.S. Consulate General reminds U.S. citizens that demonstrations and large events intended ...
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Emergency Message for U.S. Citizens: Ongoing Police Activity in Bayrampasa in Istanbul

The U.S. Consulate General would like to inform U.S. citizens that due to an armed attack there is ongoing police activity in the Bayrampasa area of Istanbul, east of Ataturk International Airport. We strongly encourage U.S. citizens to avoid that area, to monitor local media, to maintain a high level of vigilance, and to take ...
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Travel Warning – Turkey (February 29, 2016)

The U.S. Department of State warns U.S. citizens to avoid travel to southeastern Turkey.  Given the recent terrorist attacks and increased threats from international and indigenous groups, U.S. citizens should exercise caution when traveling throughout the country.  This Travel Warning replaces the Travel Warning dated February 4, 2016. Recent terrorist attacks from international and indigenous ...
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Demonstration Message for U.S. Citizens: Protest activity planned this evening in Galatasaray area of Istanbul

The U.S. Consulate General would like to inform U.S. citizens that protrst activity is expected this evening in the Istiklal Avenue and Galatasaray area of Istanbul. The U.S. Consulate General reminds U.S. citizens that demonstrations and large events intended to be peaceful can turn confrontational.  We advise U.S. citizens to avoid large political gatherings, protests, and ...
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Consul General Chuck Hunter Delivered Remarks at 2016 Hannover Messe Promotional Meeting

Consul General Chuck Hunter delivered remarks to promote the United States’ role as the Partner Country of the 2016 Hannover Messe, the world’s largest B2B event for industrial technology, and SelectUSA at a press conference organized by Hannover Messe representatives in Istanbul on February 23. The 2016 Hannover Messe will take place in Hannover, Germany, ...
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Ambassador John Bass Delivers Remarks at the Regional Environmental Center/TUSIAD Post Paris Analysis Event

Ambassador John Bass delivered remarks at the Regional Environmental Center/TUSIAD Post Paris Analysis Event at the Tekfen Tower Conference Hall in Istanbul on February 22. Co-sponsored by the U.S. Embassy in Ankara, this event brought together business leaders, NGOs, and academic representatives to discuss climate change and the COP21 Paris Agreement. Ambassador Bass highlighted U.S. ...
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Dennis Lee Mitchell and “Smoke-On-Paper”

As part of the “Art in Embassies” program, American artist Dennis Lee Mitchell presented the works he created with the “smoke-on-paper” technique to Turkish art aficionados. Over 150 fine arts students and teachers from Marmara, Sakarya, Kocaeli and Eskişehir Anadolu Universities attended a live demonstration at ASAŞ aluminum factory. Mitchell later shared the story of ...
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Ayman Jarjour and Syrian Musicians in Istanbul

U.S Consul General Chuck Hunter’s home filled with the beautiful sounds of music by Syrian Juilliard alumnus, Ayman Jarjour and three young and talented Syrian refugees – Al Hasan Al Nour (qanun), Burhan Alkhateeb (oud), Bashar Balleh (guitar). —————— Ayman Jarjour  After his Master of Music degree at The Julliard School Jarjour received his Bachelor’s ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Turkey Travel Warning (February 4, 2016)

The U.S. Department of State warns U.S. citizens against travel to southeastern Turkey due to an increased threat of terrorist attacks from both international and indigenous terror groups. U.S citizens should exercise caution when traveling throughout the country.  This Travel Warning replaces the Travel Warning dated September 3, 2015. On September 2, the Department of State ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Security in Turkey (January 14, 2016)

The U.S. Embassy in Ankara reminds U.S. citizens of the increased threat of terrorist attacks in Turkey. Travelers are urged to exercise utmost caution and vigilance, especially in crowded places. Actively avoid large crowds and heighten your personal security posture and awareness if you choose to visit popular tourist sites, shopping malls, shopping districts, and ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Explosion in Sultan Ahmet area in Istanbul

U.S. Consulate General Istanbul, Turkey would like to inform U.S. citizens that Turkish news is reporting an explosion near the Sultan Ahmet area in Istanbul at approximately 10:15 a.m. this morning. U.S. Mission Turkey is working to obtain more information. We advise U.S. citizens to avoid that area and to exercise caution if you are ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Demonstrations planned in Galatasaray Square in Istanbul

U.S. Consulate General Istanbul informs U.S. citizens of a demonstration scheduled to take place in Galatasaray Square on December 25, 2015 at 1900 hours. The demonstration is expected to be a peaceful protest against Turkey’s reported steps to re-establish diplomatic ties with Israel. The U.S. Consulate General encourages U.S. citizens to exercise caution and to ...
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Consul General Hunter’s Remarks at the Propeller Club

(As Prepared) – December 17, 2015 Çok Teşekkürler, Aydin Bey, and members of the Propeller Club for the opportunity to be here with you tonight. Much has happened in Turkey since the last time I spoke with you in 2013 – four elections at the local and national level, rising security challenges within this country, ...
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Special Representative to Muslim Communities Shaarik Zafar Visits Istanbul

The U.S. Department of State’s Special Representative to Muslim Communities Shaarik Zafar visited Istanbul on December 14-17. Following his presentations on “Gapping the Bridge”, he held lively discussions and Q&A sessions with academics and students at Kadir Has University/Faculty of Communications and Marmara University/Faculty of Theology. Sharing his experiences as a Muslim American, he answered ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Demonstrations planned in Beyoglu District in Istanbul

The U.S. Consulate General Istanbul informs U.S. citizens of protest activity planned for the next several days on Istiklal Caddesi in Istanbul, near a number of diplomatic missions in the Beyoglu District. Today, December 10, a demonstration against Russia’s actions in Turkey and Syria will start at approximately 8:00 p.m. outside the Consulate General of ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Demonstrations planned in Beyoglu District in Istanbul

The U.S. Consulate General Istanbul informs U.S. citizens of protest activity planned for the next several days on Istiklal Caddesi in Istanbul, near a number of diplomatic missions in the Beyoglu District. Today, December 10, a demonstration against Russia’s actions in Turkey and Syria will start at approximately 8:00 p.m. outside the Consulate General of ...
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Security Message for the U.S. Citizens: Consular Services Canceled for December 9

Due to information about a possible security threat against the U.S. Consulate General in Istanbul, the Consulate will open with limited staff and services on Wednesday, December 9, 2015.   Public services, including visa appointments and non-emergency American Citizen Services appointments, for December 9, 2015, are canceled and will be rescheduled for a later date. U.S. ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Security Threat Against the U.S. Consulate

Due to information about an imminent security threat against the U.S. Consulate compound, the U.S. Consulate General Istanbul advises all U.S. citizens to avoid the U.S. Consulate today. We remind you that the U.S. Consulate is closed Saturdays and Sundays. We strongly encourage U.S. citizens to maintain a high level of vigilance, be aware of ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: UPDATE: Security Threat Against the U.S. Consulate Istanbul through December 6, 2015

This is an update to a security message sent earlier today. Due to information about a possible security threat against the U.S. Consulate compound in Istanbul, the U.S. Consulate General Istanbul advises all U.S. citizens to avoid U.S. Consulate in Istanbul through the remainder of the weekend until December 6, 2015. We remind you that ...
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Notice for U.S. Citizens: Demonstrations at Istanbul

The U.S. Consulate General would like to inform U.S. citizens that demonstrations are planned throughout Istanbul Saturday, Dec. 5 afternoon starting at 12:00 p.m. There will be an HDP-organized rally in Ak Saray Square and surrounding neighborhoods in the Fatih district, as well as demonstrations throughout Galata, Kadikoy, and the Haydarpasa transport terminal, protesting curfews ...
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Notice for U.S. Citizens: Demonstrations Today in Taksim, Galatasaray, and Kadikoy

Demonstrations in response to the killing of the head of the Diyarbakir Bar Association are expected to begin this afternoon and last throughout the evening in Taksim, Galatasaray and Kadikoy in Istanbul. The U.S. Consulate General encourages U.S. citizens to exercise caution and to avoid the area if possible. The U.S. Consulate General reminds U.S. ...
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Notice for U.S. Citizens: Demonstration at Russian Consulate

Currently, there is a demonstration in front of the Russian Consulate on Istiklal Caddesi in the Taksim area of Istanbul. The demonstration may continue through Wednesday, Nov. 25. We encourage U.S. citizens to exercise caution and to avoid the area if possible. The U.S. Consulate General reminds U.S. citizens that demonstrations and large events intended ...
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Deputy Secretary Antony Blinken Visits Turkey

Deputy Secretary of State Antony Blinken visited Turkey on November 19–21 to discuss key political, economic, and security issues with government officials and non-governmental experts. The Deputy Secretary first visited Adana where he continued to engage with refugees, local stakeholders and government officials on the U.S. response to the regional refugee crisis. Following that, Deputy ...
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Security Message: Demonstration at the U.S. Consulate

The U.S. Consulate General in Istanbul informs U.S. citizens that approximately 70 people from the Halk Cephesi (People’s Front) will hold a demonstration at the U.S. Consulate General in Istanbul on Saturday, November 14, at 2:00 p.m. The demonstration is expected to be peaceful, but due to the increased police presence and expected traffic issues ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Demonstration in Front of the Consulate

On November 8 between 11:00 am and 6:00 pm the U.S. Consulate in Istanbul expects a non-violent demonstration in advance of the G-20 summit at the consulate building by the Turkish Youth Union (TGB). Please exercise caution and avoid the area if possible. We strongly urge U.S. citizens to avoid demonstrations and large gatherings. Even ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Demonstration (October 23, 2015)

The U.S. Consulate General informs U.S. citizens that on Sunday, October 25, 2015, a political rally organized by the AKP is scheduled to take place in Yenikapi Park from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. According to local police, the rally is expected to heavily attended, and will likely cause road closures, ferry terminal closures, and ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Demonstration (October 23, 2015)

The U.S. Consulate General informs U.S. citizens that on Sunday, October 25, 2015, a political rally organized by the AKP is scheduled to take place in Yenikapi Park from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. According to local police, the rally is expected to heavily attended, and will likely cause road closures, ferry terminal closures, and ...
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American Cartoonist Kevin Kallaugher (KAL) Visits Turkey

Kevin (KAL) Kallaugher, the world-renowned editorial cartoonist for The Economist and The Baltimore Sun, has visited Ankara and Istanbul to meet cartoonists, journalists, academicians, and students at various events on October 5-9. KAL’s Istanbul program began with a digital event organized in collaboration with  Bobiler.org  on October 8 at Komünite. KAL engaged with young cartoonists and  bobiler.org ...
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Enjoying Turkish and American Cuisine with Chef Marc Murphy

As part of U.S. Department of State’s “Culinary Diplomacy” program, the famous American chef, who brings American cuisine together with international delicacies, Marc Murphy visited Istanbul and Ankara on September 30-October 5. Marc Murphy began his culinary diplomacy tour in Turkey with a back street tour by Turkish culinary expert Tuba @istanbulfood. On the second ...
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Consul General Hunter Visits Edirne

Consul General Charles Hunter visited the former Ottoman Capitol of Edirne on Monday. September 28. The Consul General took the opportunity to explore some of the city’s rich archeological and artistic heritage at the Turkish-Islamic Art Museum and the Archeology Museum. He then met with civil society and government representatives to discuss opportunities for cooperation ...
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Interview with Ipek Yezdani of Hürriyet and Special Envoy for the Human Rights of LGBTI Persons Randy Berry

Discrimination based on identity is a violation of human rights Hürriyet – İpek YEZDANİ U.S. State Department’s Special Envoy for the Human Rights of LGBTI Persons Randy Berry, traveled to Turkey last week and discussed LGBTI rights in Turkey with high-level government officials, municipalities, LGBTI representatives and representatives from the business world. Berry and I ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Rally in Yenikapi Park on Sunday

The U.S. Consulate General in Istanbul informs U.S. citizens that a rally is scheduled to take place from 4pm to 7pm on Sunday, September 20, in Yenikapi Park in Istanbul to protest ongoing violence in Turkey’s southeastern provinces. It is anticipated that both President Erdogan and Prime Minister Davutoglu will lead the rally and that attendance ...
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Special Envoy Randy Berry Visits Turkey

Special Envoy for the Human Rights of LGBTI Persons Randy Berry visited Turkey on September 11-16. He met with government officials, business leaders, civil society representatives in Ankara and Istanbul to highlight the U.S. commitment to advancing and defending the human rights of LGBTI persons worldwide. Special Envoy Berry learned about the challenges facing Turkish ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Protests in Okmeydani and Haci Husrev

The U.S. Consulate General in Istanbul informs U.S. citizens that political protests are expected today, September 9, after 7:00 pm in the Okmeydani and Haci Husrev (Beyoglu District) neighborhoods of Istanbul.  We urge individuals to avoid those areas as protests are expected to turn violent. Even demonstrations intended to be peaceful can turn confrontational and ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Travel Warning for Turkey (September 3, 2015)

The Department of State warns U.S. citizens traveling to or living in Turkey that the U.S. Consulate in Adana has authorized the voluntary departure of family members out of an abundance of caution following the commencement of military operations out of Incirlik Air Base in southern Turkey. On September 2, the Department of State permitted ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Security Incident Near U.S. Consulate in Istanbul

Today, Saturday, August 22nd, there has been a shooting incident near the U.S. Consulate in Istanbul, Turkey. We urge individuals to please avoid that area for the time being.  Please monitor the news for further developments and maintain security awareness. U.S. citizens are reminded to exercise caution in the vicinity of large gatherings, as even peaceful ...
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Consul General Hunter’s Visit to Balıkesir

The U.S. Consul General in Istanbul Charles Hunter, who visited Balıkesir on August 13th and 14th, was presented with an opportunity to get closely acquainted with the historical, cultural and economic structure of the city. The Consul General paid courtesy calls to the Governor of Balıkesir Mustafa Yaman, the Balıkesir Metropolitan Municipality Mayor Ahmet Edip ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Security Incident Near U.S. Consulate in Istanbul

There has been a security incident near the U.S. Consulate in Istanbul, Turkey.  We urge individuals to please avoid that area for the time being. The U.S. Consulate is closed to the public today, August 10, 2015.  Please monitor the news for further developments and maintain security awareness. U.S. citizens are reminded to exercise caution in ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Consulate Reopens on Tuesday, August 11

The U.S. Consulate General in Istanbul will reopen to the public on August 11, 2015, following today’s security incident.. Please monitor the news for further developments and maintain security awareness. U.S. citizens are reminded to exercise caution in the vicinity of large gatherings, as even peaceful gatherings can turn confrontational. Review your personal security plans, ...
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U.S. Embassy Statement on Security Incident at the Consulate in Istanbul

The U.S. Consulate General in Istanbul was attacked by gunfire early this morning, August 10.  The Consulate was closed at the time and nobody was injured. The Consulate plans to reopen on August 11 to resume normal business.  U.S. Embassy Ankara remains open.  The Embassy is in contact with Turkish law enforcement and security officials ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Great Peace March

The U.S. Consulate in Istanbul informs U.S. citizens that the “Great Peace March” is scheduled to take place starting at 16:00 on Sunday, July 26, 2015, in Istanbul, according to announcements made on social media by the group Bariş Bloku. The march is expected to start in front of the TRT building in Tepebasi and ...
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LA Street Artists at Mural Istanbul Festival

Kadıköy Municipality sponsored Kristy Sandoval and Levi Ponce, two LA street artists, for this year’s Mural Istanbul Festival. This year’s theme was Human Beings/Being Human. Kristy is the first female participant. The Turkish artists will be painting in LA, in August. Syrian girls at the Istanbul ASAM center (Association For Solidarity with Asylum Seekers and Migrants) spent ...
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Celebrating the Fourth of July in Istanbul

On June 1, we hosted the Fourth of July Reception at the U.S. Consulate Istinye building to mark the 239th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence this year. The U.S. Ambassador to Turkey John Bass and Holly Holzer Bass with Consul General Charles F. Hunter and Ramadan Çaysever welcomed guests before the official ceremony. The ...
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Consul General Charles F. Hunter’s Remarks at Independence Day Celebration

Değerli konuklar hepiniz hoşgeldiniz. Good evening everyone, thanks very much and I would like to welcome you to the Consulate General as we celebrate the Independence Day of the United States of America. It’s a pleasure to see you here in such great numbers and to see so many friends and colleagues sharing this memorable ...
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LGBT Pride Week – “Love is Strange” Film Showing

As part of the U.S. Consulate General’s LGBT Pride Week programming, executive film producer Ali Betil presented “Love is Strange”, a film directed by Ira Sachs, to over 70 audience members at Studio-X in Tophane, Istanbul. After the film, Ali answered questions from the audience about the challenges of developing a storyline focused on LGBT ...
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“To Turn Your Passion into Profit in Mobile Life” with @Modcloth founder Susan Gregg Koger in Istanbul

American entrepreneur Susan Gregg Koger visited Istanbul on June 2-3 to share the ModCloth success story, an online vintage clothing and accessories retailer launched in 2002 during her college years with a passion for fashion.  Susan Gregg Koger, the co-founder with her husband Eric Koger and CEO of ModCloth which is among the fastest growing ...
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Country Report on Terrorism 2014 – Turkey

Overview: Largely because of the ongoing conflict in Syria, Turkey has voiced increasing concern about terrorist groups near its border, including Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), al-Nusrah Front, and other al-Qa’ida (AQ)-affiliated groups. Throughout 2014, Turkey served as a source and transit country for foreign terrorist fighters wishing to join these and other ...
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“Everybody Street” – Filmmaker and Photographer Cheryl Dunn Visits Turkey

Renowned American documentary filmmaker and photographer Cheryl Dunn visited Turkey on May 6-8, 2015 as part of the American Film Showcase, the premier American film diplomacy program organizing screenings and workshops with American filmmakers in more than 35 countries. AFS is a partnership between the Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and ...
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U.S. Secretary of the Air Force James Attends IDEF 2015

U.S. Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James attended the 12th International Defense Industry Fair which takes place on May 5-8 this year at TUYAP Expo Center in Istanbul. After attending the inauguration ceremonies on May 5, Secretary James participated in the opening of the USA Security and Defense Pavilion organized by the Association of the U.S. Army (AUSA). ...
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Independent Film Maker Jason DaSilva in Istanbul

During his time in Istanbul, DaSilva participated in film screenings and discussions at Istanbul Commerce University, SALT Beyoğlu and at StudioX on the AXS Map he developed (a Google based mobile app to “map” locations based on their accessibility to people in wheelchairs) and the first “Mapathon” for people with disabilities in Istanbul. DaSilva also ...
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Assistant Secretary Nuland Traveled to Istanbul, Turkey

Assistant Secretary for European and Eurasian Affairs Victoria Nuland traveled to Istanbul on April 15-16, 2015. During her visit , she discussed a range of strategic bilateral and regional issues with senior government officials. She also engaged with business leaders to strengthen bilateral economic ties, hold a roundtable with civil society representatives, and participated in ...
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“Unsettled” Modern Dance Performance in Istanbul

A special dance performance by David Dorfman Dance, Korhan Başaran & the Artists with guest dancers from Armenia Davit Grigoryan & Karen Khachatryan took place at Zorlu Center PSM Drama Theatre on March 23, 2015. “Unsettled” examines what it is to say “I’m sorry”. A company of Turkish, Armenian and American dancers have tackled this ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Nevruz Celebrations March 21, 2015

U.S. Embassy Ankara informs U.S. citizens that Nevruz holiday celebrations are expected to take place this Saturday, March 21 and throughout the weekend in Turkey.  Nevruz is a festival commonly recognized as the Kurdish and Persian New Year and a celebration marking the beginning of spring.  Although this year’s festivities are expected to be peaceful, ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Nevruz Celebrations

U.S. Embassy Ankara informs U.S. citizens that in light of recent events and the upcoming Nevruz holidays, citizens should be mindful of their security precautions. Nevruz celebrations are anticipated in various locations throughout Turkey on March 17-21. Local authorities have banned large gatherings during select dates over the Nevruz period citing security concerns. Celebrations in ...
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U.S. Embassy Statement on a Media Report by Birgun Newspaper

Birgun newspaper’s claim yesterday (February 11, 2015) that the U.S. Ambassador John Bass sought a meeting with the paper is a misrepresentation of the facts.  There was no such request. Their claim to have rejected a meeting with the Ambassador is also, therefore, a work of fiction. The Press Attaché at the U.S. Consulate General ...
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Security Message: DHKP/C member wanted by TNP still at Large

In light of the second anniversary of the Revolutionary People’s Liberation Party/Front or Devrimci Halk Kurtulus Partisi/Cephesi (DHKP/C)’s February 1, 2013 suicide attack on U.S. Embassy Ankara, and the DHKP/C’s stated intention to commit further attacks against the United States, NATO and Turkey, the U.S. Embassy regional security office has advised all personnel to be ...
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Consul General Hunter’s Remarks at GIST Bootcamp

(As Delivered) February 5, 2015 Good afternoon, I’ll try to be brief particularly because I’m the one standing in between all of you and finding out who the winners are. I’m delighted to be here.  To be perfectly honest, when my public affairs colleagues asked me to come attend at least part of this event, ...
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Remarks by Consul General Charles Hunter at the Prometric Testing Services Turkey Office Opening

Merhaba! It is a pleasure to be here today at the opening of Prometric Turkey together with officials from the Istanbul Provincial Directorate of National Education, chair of the Turkish Human Resources Management Association, as well as administrators from Turkish universities and high schools. I’d like to thank Jerry Young and Gökyar Karşit for your ...
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Remarks by Consul General Charles Hunter at the Prometric Testing Services Turkey Office Opening

January 28, 2015, Istanbul As Prepared Merhaba! It is a pleasure to be here today at the opening of Prometric Turkey together with officials from the Istanbul Provincial Directorate of National Education, chair of the Turkish Human Resources Management Association, as well as administrators from Turkish universities and high schools. I’d like to thank Jerry ...
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Consulate Security Messages Via Text Message

We are pleased to announce the availability of a new SMS service for U.S. citizens interested in receiving security messages and alerts from the Consulate on their mobile phones. The service is optional and will run on an SMS system operated through Avea. This does not replace the existing registration system with the Smart Traveler Enrollment ...
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State Dept. Fact Sheet on Global Counterterrorism Forum

U.S. Department of State Bureau of Public Affairs Washington, D.C. December 16, 2014 Ten Things You Should Know About the Global Counterterrorism Forum The Global Counterterrorism Forum (GCTF) was created in 2011 to strengthen the international civilian architecture for addressing 21st century terrorism. Its primary objectives are to counter violent extremism and strengthen criminal justice ...
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“Learning Foreign Languages” by Dr. Craig Dicker

Our Public Affairs Officer Dr. Craig Dicker visited the Ortaköy Zübeyde Hanım Girls’ Vocational & Technical School and made a speech on “Learning Foreign Languages on December 1, 2014. Chatting with a group of students and educators on the enriching aspects of learning foreign languages, Dr. Dicker emphasized the importance of learning foreign languages in ...
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Remarks by Consul General Charles F. Hunter at a Banquet Hosted by the Order of Saint Andrew the Apostle, the National Philoptochos Society, and AHEPA

Your Eminence Metropolitan Demetrios of America, Your Eminences and Graces, distinguished guests, ladies and gentlemen, good evening.  It is a pleasure to be here tonight to share in your historic pilgrimage, and to have witnessed with you the meeting of His All Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew with His Holiness Pope Francis. Before beginning I would ...
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Vice President Joe Biden’s Visit to Turkey

During his visit the Vice President had an opportunity to meet individually with President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu. At these meetings, the Vice President and the leaders discussed a range of important bilateral issues: Fighting ISIL in Syria and Iraq Coping with the regional humanitarian crisis Countering the threat posed by ...
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Remarks by Ambassador Bass at the Atlantic Council Summit in Istanbul

November 21, 2014 Orhan Taner, the Director of Atlantic Council, Energy and Economy Summit:  Ambassador floor is yours Ambassador John Bass: (Turkish) Çok Teşekkürler Orhan Bey , Mr. President, Sayın Bakanım, Mr. Secretary, Ministers  Hanımefendiler ve Beyefendiler, Good morning. I am delighted to be here on behalf of the United States Embassy here in Turkey, to ...
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US Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz Participates in Atlantic Council’s 2014 Energy & Economic Summit

The Atlantic Council’s Sixth Energy & Economic Summit brought together the region’s energy and economy ministers, senior government officials and corporate opinion leaders in the field of energy from more than 40 countries in Istanbul on November 20-22, 2014. Participating in the Summit for the second consecutive year, the U.S. Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz ...
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Remarks by Consul General Charles F. Hunter at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Istanbul Office Opening

Minister Yilmaz and distinguished guests, good morning and thank you for the opportunity to say a few words.  I would like to congratulate and thank TOBB, and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce for their commitment, not only to bilateral U.S. – Turkey Trade and Investment, but also to the regional economic landscape.  I am very ...
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he Sixth International Istanbul Street Dance Carnival

The 6th International Dance Street Carnival was amazing! We were proud to bring American legends Buddha Stretch and Suga Pop to Istanbul to judge the competition AND three talented Turkish rising stars for a residency at The Broadway Center in NYC. The Sixth International Istanbul Street Dance Carnival brought amateur and professional dancers from all ...
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USAID’s Office of American Schools and Hospitals Abroad Announces Awards

Istanbul, Turkey – The U.S. Agency for International Development’s Office of American Schools and Hospitals Abroad (ASHA) announced three new grants to Turkish institutions to support construction projects and the purchase of equipment. The projects, located throughout Turkey, are funded through a competitive annual grant and directly support schools, libraries and medical centers outside the ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Possible Demonstrations November 1st, 2014

The U.S. Embassy informs U.S. citizens that there is a possibility of political protests and demonstrations on November 1, particularly in southeast Turkey. Various political and other organizations have called for mass demonstrations on November 1, in support of efforts to defend the Syrian town of Kobane. Recently, similar demonstrations in Turkey have sometimes resulted ...
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The Apple Hill String Quartet in Istanbul!

Representing one of America’s most highly respected performing ensemble traditions, the Apple Hill String Quartet met music lovers on October 31-November 2 in Istanbul. The quartet (Elise Kuder and Colleen Jennings/Violins, Michael Kelley/Viola, Rupert Thompson/Cello) wins international praise for their rich repertoire of the chamber music literature from 18-20th century masterpieces to contemporary works by ...
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Message for U.S. Citizens: Final Opportunities to Return Voted Ballots

Embassies and consulates are not polling places.  The majority of states require voted ballots to reach local election officials by the close of polls on Tuesday, November 4.  U.S. citizens who want to participate in the 2014 U.S. elections should already have returned their absentee ballots to their local election officials.  U.S. embassies and consulates ...
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Remarks by Consul General Charles F. Hunter on U.S.-Turkish Relations at Büyük Kulüp

Good evening. It is a pleasure to be here tonight to share perspectives on U.S.-Turkish relations, in particular our trade and investment ties, and to offer some ideas for how we can strengthen them. Before I begin, I would like to thank the Büyük Kulüp for inviting me and my colleagues to hold this important and timely ...
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“Can Turkey Become an Education Hub?”

Organized by Horizon Education Group in collaboration with the Provincial Directorate for National Education in Istanbul, “The Higher Education Workshop II” was held on October 19th at Kabataş High School in Istanbul with representatives of prestigious Universities from various countries, educators, educational administrators, students and parents. Our Public Affairs Officer Dr. Craig Dicker was among ...
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Reading Abroad: American Writers on Tour 2014

As part of the International Writing Program (IWP) Reading Abroad: American Writers on Tour 2014, six American writers and poets (Peter Balakian, Christopher Merrill, Mary Hickman, Maureen Freely, Gregory Orfalea, and Gish Jen) visited Turkey and met with Turkish writers, poets, academicians, students, and journalists in Istanbul on October 18-20, 2014. American writers first joined ...
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Emergency Message for U.S. Citizens: Demonstrations (October 10, 2014)

The U.S. Embassy in Turkey informs U.S. citizens that public demonstrations are taking place throughout Turkey at varying times and with little advance notice, in response to ongoing events in the region near the border with Syria. Demonstrations and violent altercations have occurred in Istanbul, Diyarbakır, Gaziantep, Adana, Mersin, and elsewhere. Please exercise caution, practice good ...
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Emergency Message for U.S. Citizens: Demonstrations and Disruptions in Southeast Turkey

The U.S. Embassy in Ankara informs U.S. citizens that public demonstrations are taking place throughout southeast Turkey at varying times and with little advance notice, in response to ongoing fighting in the Syrian border town of Kobani.  Violent altercations have occurred in Diyarbakır, Adana, Siirt, Van, Mardin, Mus, Batman, Hakkari, Mersin, and elsewhere.   Turkish authorities ...
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U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker Delivers Remarks at AmCham Turkey/ABFT 10th Anniversary Gala

Istanbul, Turkey – Today, U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker delivered remarks at the AmCham Turkey/ABFT 10th Anniversary gala. In her remarks, Secretary Pritzker addressed the need to enhance bilateral trade and  investment opportunities between Turkey and the U.S. Secretary Pritzker is in Istanbul, Turkey with a delegation of some of America’s top CEOs who are members ...
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U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker Delivers Remarks at AmCham Turkey/ABFT 10th Anniversary Gala

Istanbul, Turkey – Today, U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker delivered remarks at the AmCham Turkey/ABFT 10thAnniversary gala. In her remarks, Secretary Pritzker addressed the need to enhance bilateral trade and  investment opportunities between Turkey and the U.S. Secretary Pritzker is in Istanbul, Turkey with a delegation of some of America’s top CEOs who are members ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Increased Security Awareness

Following the commencement of military action against ISIL targets in Syria, U.S. citizens are reminded that there have been violent attacks in Turkey in the past, and the possibility of terrorist attacks against U.S. citizens and interests, from both transnational and indigenous groups, remains high. While there is no new specific threat information of threats, ...
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Under Secretary Catherine Novelli’s Istanbul Visit

Under Secretary of State for Economic Growth, Energy, and the Environment Catherine Novelli has visited İstanbul to participate in the UN’s Ninth Annual Internet Governance Forum (IGF) Meeting in Istanbul on 2-5 September, 2014. The Under Secretary met with government, business, information technology and civil society representatives from various countries and discussed Internet governance related ...
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Readout of the President’s Call with Prime Minister Erdogan of Turkey

The President spoke today with Prime Minister Erdogan to congratulate him on his election as the 12th President of the Republic of Turkey and wish him well as he begins his term later this month. The President praised the Prime Minister’s speech on Sunday and noted that as Turkey’s first directly elected President, the Prime ...
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Secretary Kerry’s Remarks with Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu and Qatari Foreign Minister Khalid al-Attiyah After Meeting

Remarks John Kerry Secretary of State U.S. Ambassador’s Residence Paris, France SECRETARY KERRY: I’m delighted to have a chance to be able to welcome my colleagues, the Foreign Minister of Turkey Ahmet Davutoglu and Foreign Minister of Qatar Khalid Attiyah, here to the American Embassy in Paris. And I’m going to say a couple of ...
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Ambassador Francis J. Ricciardone’s Speech at 238th Independence Day Reception in Istanbul

İyi aksamlar Herkese, Sayın Vali; Sayın İstanbul Büyükşehir Belediye Başkanı; Sayın İstanbul Merkez Komutanı, Sayın Istanbul Jandarma Bölge Komutanı, Sayın İlçe Belediye Başkanları; Sayın Ekümenik Patriği, Sayın Hahambaşı, Sayın Süryani Ortodoks Metropoliti, ve Ermeni Patrik Vekili, diplomasi, kültür, akademi, medya, iş dünyası, siyaset ve sivil toplumu temsil eden değerli misafirlerimiz; my fellow Americans, diplomats, business people: It is a special pleasure ...
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Consul General Charles F. Hunter’s Speech at 238th Independence Day Reception

Degerli konuklar hepinize hogeldiniz diliyorum. Distinguished guests and friends, I would like to welcome you as we celebrate the Independence Day of the United States of America.  It is a pleasure to see all of you here in these numbers and to share this special occasion with you. It is my first Independence Day celebration ...
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Consul General Hunter’s Remarks at Panel Discussion: LGBT Life on Campus – Perspectives from Turkey and Abroad

I’m glad to see so many people here.  One measure of the importance that we are attaching to this evening is that we could choose to be sitting in front of a television watching the U.S. – Germany match of the World Cup, but you’re here and I’m glad you’re all here. I’m especially happy ...
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Remarks With Turkish Foreign Minister Davutoglu Before Their Meeting

Remarks John Kerry Secretary of State Brussels, Belgium SECRETARY KERRY: Turkey is such a key partner in so many ways, but particularly given what is happening in Syria and now in Iraq with ISIL and the participation that we’ve had. We have obviously some major issues to confront. And also, we’ve been talking about Cyprus ...
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Readout of the Vice President’s Call with Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan

The Vice President spoke today with Turkish Prime Minister Recep TayyipErdogan to follow up on their June 11 conversation. The Vice President and Prime Minister discussed the danger to regional and international security posed by the Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL). They agreed on the urgent need to unite Iraqis and their leaders ...
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Statement by Ambassador Samantha Power, U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations, on the Recent Violence in Mosul, Iraq

USUN PRESS RELEASE #133 AS DELIVERED The United States strongly condemns recent attacks by the Islamic State in Iraq and Levant (ISIL) in the city of Mosul, Iraq, which have broad security implications for the country.  In particular, we condemn the kidnappings of Iraqi citizens and Turkish Consulate personnel, their family members and other Turkish ...
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Readout of the Vice President’s Call with Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan

The White House Office of the Vice President The Vice President spoke today with Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan regarding the security situation around Mosul, Iraq, where elements of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) have taken over significant portions of the city, seized the Turkish consulate, and taken Turkish personnel — including ...
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My Tablet Speaks To Me

To provide autistic children with educational opportunities through technology in any environment, the U.S. Embassy and Tohum Autism Foundation developed the second Turkish-language computer application “My Child Speaks To Me.”  National Education MinisterNabi Avcı, U.S. Ambassador Francis Ricciardone and Tohum Austism Foundation Director Mine Narin will hold a press conference to discuss this project.  We ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Gezi Park Anniversary Demonstrations

Various Turkish news and social media are reporting that demonstrations will take place in cities in Turkey on Saturday, May 31, the anniversary of the Gezi Park protests of 2013. The U.S. Embassy informs U.S. citizens traveling or residing in Turkey to be alert to the potential for violence on and around May 31, and ...
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Message for U.S. Citizens: IRS Guidance: Bank Secrecy Act E-Filing Information for Foreign Bank and Financial Accounts Report (FBAR) Filers

The IRS is hosting an Internal Revenue Service Webinar on Reporting of Foreign Financial Accounts on the Electronic FBAR , on Wednesday, June 4, 2014. Information for filers about the filing requirement is available on the IRS website:  IRS Reminds Those with Foreign Assets of U.S. Tax Obligations . Contact information for the U.S. Embassy and Consulates in Turkey: The U.S. Embassy in Ankara is located at 110 Ataturk Boulevard, tel: (90)(312) 455-5555, fax (90)(312) 468-6131.  The Internet address ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Gezi Park Anniversary Demonstrations

Various Turkish news and social media are reporting that demonstrations will take place in cities in Turkey on Saturday, May 31, the anniversary of the Gezi Park protests of 2013. The U.S. Embassy informs U.S. citizens traveling or residing in Turkey to be alert to the potential for violence on and around May 31, and ...
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Consul General Hunter’s Remarks at the Opening of the Tiffany & Co. Boutique

Thank you for inviting me to speak this morning on this auspicious occasion, the opening of Tiffany and Company’s new boutique at the Zorlu Center. Tiffany’s is an iconic international brand that has strong ties to the history and culture of the United States.  Charles Lewis Tiffany and John Young founded the company as a ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Mining Tragedy in Soma and Demonstrations in Turkey

U.S. Embassy Ankara would like to inform U.S. citizens of protests against the Turkish Government regarding the recent mining tragedy in Soma. We have received reports of demonstrations currently occurring at various locations throughout the country. The possibility exists for continuing protest activity throughout the weekend as well. We urge citizens to avoid areas of ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Expected Demonstration at the Consulate

The U.S. Consulate at Istanbul informs U.S. citizens of an expected protest of undetermined size by Halk Cephesi at the Consulate General this morning, May 9. The Turkish National Police (TNP) will be setting up barricades on the street. At this time, the consular section expects to operate as usual. Even demonstrations intended to be ...
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Consul General Charles F. Hunter’s Remarks at Justice and Rule of Law International Symposium

Distinguished guests, ladies and gentlemen, thank you for inviting me to participate in this impressive gathering of dignitaries and experts from around the world to discuss a topic of profound importance: the rule of law and its role in a successful democratic and modern society. As we have seen in countries transitioning to democracy in ...
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A/S Frantz Roundtable with Turkish Journalists on “The Role of an Independent Media in Civil Society”

The Consul General’s Residence Istanbul, Turkey MR. CONNELL: Good morning, everyone. I’m David Connell. I’m the information officer at the U.S. Consulate. Thank you for coming this morning to this on-the-record roundtable on the role of independent media in civil society with Assistant Secretary for Public Affairs Doug Frantz. Consul General Hunter would like to ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Nevruz Celebrations (March 23, 2014)

U.S. Consulate General Istanbul informs U.S. citizens that Nevruz holiday celebrations are expected to take place this Sunday, March 23, throughout Turkey. Nevruz is a spring festival commonly recognized as the Kurdish New Year and a celebration marking the beginning of spring. Although this year’s celebrations are expected to be peaceful, all U.S. citizens should ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Scheduled Demonstration in Istanbul (March 11, 2014)

U.S. Consulate General Istanbul informs U.S. citizens of news reports of demonstrations throughout Istanbul today following the death this morning of Berkin Elvan, a teenage bystander who was hit in the head by a gas canister fired by police during the Gezi Park protests and was comatose for 268 days. While exact location(s) and number ...
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Would You Like to Go to the U.S. This Summer? Summer Months May Be Too Late to Apply for a Visa!

The U.S. Embassy Ankara and Consulate General Istanbul would like to encourage all non-immigrant visa applicants to apply for their visas well in advance of the summer travel season. Currently the wait time for visa appointments at Embassy Ankara and Consulate General Istanbul is one week or less.  However we anticipate that wait times may ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Scheduled Demonstration in Istanbul (February 26, 2014)

U.S. Consulate General Istanbul informs U.S. citizens of news reports that a protest regarding recent corruption allegations is scheduled to take place at Taksim Square in Istanbul, Wednesday, February 26, 2014, at 12:00 p.m.  You should avoid areas of demonstrations, and exercise caution if in the vicinity of any large gatherings or protests. U.S. citizens ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Scheduled Demonstration in Istanbul (February 21, 2014)

U.S. Consulate General Istanbul informs U.S. citizens of news reports that a protest against recent legislation expanding the government’s power to regulate Internet content is scheduled to take place at Taksim Square in Istanbul, Saturday, February 22, 2014, at 7:00 p.m.  You should avoid areas of demonstrations, and exercise caution if in the vicinity of ...
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