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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Consul General Jennifer Davis With Canan Dağdeviren

December 16, 2016 Consul General Jennifer Davis finds opportunity to chat with prominent scientist Canan Dağdeviren. Canan Dağdeviren has an inspiring story, being the first scientist from Turkey selected as a Junior Fellow by the Society of Fellows at Harvard University. For more information: http://canandagdeviren.com/

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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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United States Condemns Terrorist Attack on Istanbul Nightclub

Press Statement Mark C. Toner Deputy Department Spokesperson Washington, DC December 31, 2016 (D.C. Time) The United States strongly condemns the terrorist attack on a night club in Istanbul, Turkey. We extend our condolences to the families and loved ones of the victims and to the people of Turkey, as well as our hopes for …

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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 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE View post December 31, 2016 (D.C. Time) Statement by NSC Spokesperson Ned Price on the Terrorist Attack in Istanbul, Turkey The United States condemns in the strongest terms the horrific terrorist attack at a nightclub in Istanbul, Turkey, which has left dozens dead and many more …

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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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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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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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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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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: 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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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: 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Media Reports Regarding Ataturk Youth, Sport, Memorial Day

Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Media Reports Regarding Ataturk Youth, Sport, Memorial Day and AK Party Congress at Ankara Arena May 17, 2016 The U.S. Embassy is aware of media reports suggesting the possibility of terrorist incidents in Turkey on Thursday, May 19, Ataturk Memorial, Youth and Sports Day. Foreign and U.S. tourists have been …

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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: May Day (Labor Day) Celebrations

May Day (Labor Day) Celebrations April 29, 2016 Embassy of the United States of America, Ankara, Turkey   The U.S. Embassy Ankara informs U.S. citizens that Turkey celebrates International Workers’ Day on May 1.  Historically, organized rallies and marches have created security and traffic challenges throughout the country. Specifics on this year’s gatherings are detailed …

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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Credible Threats to Tourist Sites

Credible Threats to Tourist Sites April 26, 2016 The U.S. Embassy in Ankara informs U.S. citizens that the U.S. Government continues to receive credible indications that terrorist groups are seeking opportunities to attack popular tourist destinations throughout Turkey.  The U.S. Embassy reminds U.S. citizens that foreign tourists in Turkey have been explicitly targeted by terrorist …

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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Demonstration in Ankara

Demonstration in Ankara at the Hippodrome, Ataturk Mausoleum and Nazim Hikmet Cultural Center on April 23 April 22, 2016 U.S. Embassy Ankara informs U.S. citizens that a demonstration is expected to take place in Ankara on Saturday, April 23, beginning at 11:30 a.m.  The demonstration is expected to begin at the Hippodrome and proceed from …

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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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Roundtable with Diplomatic Correspondents Association (DMD) – April 7, 2016

April 7, 2016 – 10:45 A.M. | Holiday Inn Hotel, Ankara   Ambassador Bass:  Çok teşekkürler. Arkadaşlar — hoşgeldiniz, merhabalar.  I’m really pleased to be here, as I always am when I get an opportunity to talk to and interact with members of your profession. I think you all know how strongly we feel about …

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