Chargé d’Affaires Hovenier Visits Anitkabir

Jeffrey M. Hovenier, the new U.S. Embassy Chargé d’Affaires, a.i., visited Anıtkabir and laid a wreath at the tomb of Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, the founder and first President of modern Turkey. Chargé d’Affaires Hovenier signed the Anıtkabir honor book and wrote: Out of deep respect and admiration for the great and distinguished leader of the ...
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2018 Investment Climate Statements

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

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

Department Press Briefing Heather Nauert Spokesperson Washington, DC -July 18, 2018 … QUESTION: And if I could ask you a question about Turkey today, that the Turkish court rejected Pastor Andrew Brunson’s appeal to be released from prison – what’s your response to that? MS NAUERT: I can tell you we have obviously been very ...
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Statement by Spokesperson, Heather Nauert On the Commemoration of the Failed Coup Attempt in Turkey

U.S. Department Of State July 15, 2018 Statement by Spokesperson, Heather Nauert On the Commemoration of the Failed Coup Attempt in Turkey Two years ago, nearly 250 Turkish citizens lost their lives, and thousands were wounded in the heinous failed coup attempt of July 15. We offer our deepest condolences to the friends and loved ...
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Joint Statement Following July 13 Talks in Ankara

July 13, 2018, 2018 Joint Statement On July 13, 2018, the Joint Working Group on Judicial and Legal Issues met in Ankara.  Turkish and American officials from all relevant Ministries and Departments came together and held substantial discussions on judicial and legal matters important to both sides. We look forward to progress on these issues. ...
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Remarks by Charge d’Affaires Philip Kosnett at the Independence Day Reception

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

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

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

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

Secretary of State Pompeo called religious freedom “a right belonging to every individual on the globe” and said the U.S. “stands with those who yearn for religious liberty.” Pompeo spoke May 29 as the State Department released the  2017 International Religious Freedom Report  describing the state of religious freedom in countries around the world. This year marks the 20th anniversary ...
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Joint Statement Following May 25 Talks in Ankara

The Turkish-U.S. Working Group on Syria met today in Ankara to continue ongoing conversations regarding Syria and other issues of mutual interest and cooperation. The two sides outlined the main contours of a Road Map for their further cooperation in ensuring security and stability in Manbij. Foreign Minister Çavuşoğlu and Secretary Pompeo will meet on ...
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After the Deal: A New Iran Strategy

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

Statement by Heather Nauert, Spokesperson April 26, 2018 We congratulate Turkish Airlines on its March 12 announcement to order 25 Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners with an option for five more airplanes, and its subsequent agreement on April 25 to purchase GE engines for those planes.  These deals together total over $10 billion, create and sustain more than ...
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Readout of President Donald J. Trump’s Call with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Library of Congress, National Archives and Records Administration, National Endowment for the Humanities, National Gallery of Art, National Park Service, Smithsonian Institution and United States Holocaust Memorial Museum join in commemorating and encouraging the study, observance and celebration of the vital role of women in American history. Woman’s History Site from the National Archives ...
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President Donald J. Trump Proclaims March 2018 as Women’s History Month

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Fact Sheet Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC – January 23, 2018 The international community is at a critical juncture in the fight to uphold the international norm against chemical weapons use. Repeated obstruction by some countries at the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) and the United Nations have undermined the ability of ...
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Remarks on The Way Forward for the United States Regarding Syria

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

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

Two Turkish Americans with ties to their communities are entering politics. In November 2017, both won  local government  elections. Here’s how they hope to make a difference in their hometowns: From pizza to politics in New Haven In New Haven, Connecticut, home to Yale University and a famous style of pizza pie, 19-year-old Yale student Hacibey Catalbasoglu became the ...
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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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U.S. Applauds Iraqi Government’s Announcement of the Full Liberation of Iraqi Territory From ISIS Control

Press Statement Heather Nauert, Department Spokesperson Washington, DC – December 9, 2017 After a courageous three year campaign of intense fighting, Prime Minister Abadi has announced the complete liberation of all Iraqi territory from ISIS control. The United States applauds the leadership of Prime Minister Abadi, and we offer our sincere congratulations to the Iraqi ...
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Major General Skip Davis spoke at NATO’s Centre of Excellence for the Defense Against Terrorism in Ankara

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

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

Heather Nauert Spokesperson Department Press Briefing Washington, DC – November 21, 2017 … QUESTION: Thank you. On Turkey. There is a gold trader whose name is Reza Zarrab who has been arrested for 18 months, and his case – his trial is about to start next week. It’s a judicial process, but Turkish President Erdogan ...
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Ambassador’s Fund for Cultural Preservation

The U.S. Mission to Turkey is pleased to announce the opening of the Ambassador’s Fund for Cultural Preservation (AFCP) 2018 Grants Competitions AFCP was established to support countries in preserving their cultural heritage and to demonstrate U.S. respect for other cultures. The AFCP competition for Turkey supports preservation of cultural sites, objects, and museum collections of historical or cultural significance to the cultural heritage ...
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USTDA and U.S. Industry Launch Gas Infrastructure Exports Initiative

Media Note U.S. Embassy Ankara, Turkey – November 17, 2017 The U.S. Trade and Development Agency (USTDA) and U.S. industry will launch the U.S. Gas Infrastructure Exports Initiative to connect U.S. companies to export opportunities across the gas value chain in emerging economies.  As U.S. liquefied natural gas (LNG) export terminals are coming online, USTDA is ...
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Testimony by Jonathan R. Cohen at the U.S. Helsinki Commission

Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs Jonathan R. Cohen: Today’s hearing is an important opportunity to reaffirm the abiding U.S. interest in and commitment to democracy, human rights, and rule of law in Turkey.  It is also an opportunity to underscore the value of the U.S.-Turkey Alliance, despite the current strains ...
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Readout of the Vice President’s Meeting with Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim

The White House Office of the Vice President November 09, 2017 Today at the White House, Vice President Mike Pence met with Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim to reaffirm the enduring strategic partnership between the United States and Turkey. The leaders expressed hope that their meeting would help to usher in a new chapter in ...
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Statement from the U.S. Mission to Turkey on Re-opening of Limited Visa Services

November 6, 2017 We have received initial high-level assurances from the Government of Turkey that there are no additional local employees of our Mission in Turkey under investigation.  We have also received initial assurances from the Government of Turkey that our local staff will not be detained or arrested for performing their official duties and ...
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Secretary Tillerson’s Call With Turkish Minister of Foreign Affairs Cavusoglu

Secretary Tillerson spoke today with Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu. Secretary Tillerson conveyed to the Foreign Minister his profound concern over the detentions of Turkish national employees of our diplomatic mission to Turkey and of several American citizens.
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Ambassador John R. Bass Press Round Table – Diplomatic Correspondents Association (October 11, 2017)

Ankara, Turkey October 11, 2017 Ambassador Bass:  I’m very pleased to see all of you here this morning, and I’m pleased to have an opportunity to see members of the Diplomatic Correspondents Association for one last time before I complete my assignment as the U.S. Ambassador in Turkey.  And with a lot of regret and ...
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Joint Statement of the United States-Turkey Trade and Investment Council

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

The 10th meeting of the Trade and Investment Framework Agreement (TIFA), signed between Turkey and the U.S. occurred in Ankara on September 12-13, 2017. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the Union of Chambers and Commodity Exchanges of Turkey (TOBB) commend the renewed effort to upgrade the U.S.-Turkey partnership through the auspices of the 1999 U.S.-Turkey Trade ...
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USPTO and TURKPATENT Cooperation on Intellectual Property Rights

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

U.S. Secretary Rex W. Tillerson traveled to Manila, Philippines on August 5 to participate in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Regional Forum, the East Asia Summit Ministerial, the U.S.- ASEAN Ministerial, and the Lower Mekong Initiative Ministerial. Since 1967, ASEAN has made remarkable strides in maintaining peace across Southeast Asia, accelerating economic growth, and ...
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Statement on erroneous media reports regarding trucks entering Syria

Inaccurate reports by several outlets over the past few days have erroneously claimed that the United States has sent “tanks” and “hundreds of truckloads of weapons” into Syria to support the YPG. These reports ignore basic facts about the current situation in Syria. The United States has not provided tanks to any groups fighting Daesh ...
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On becoming an ‘ambassador extraordinary and plenipotentiary’

At the apex of U.S. embassies around the world are diplomats who hold the august title of “ambassador extraordinary and plenipotentiary of the United States of America.” Whether one has made a career in the Foreign Service, or in the world of business, in academe or elsewhere, being asked by the president to represent America ...
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On the Occasion of the One-Year Anniversary of the Attempted Coup in Turkey

Press Statement Heather Nauert, Department Spokesperson Washington, DC – July 14, 2017 One year ago, Turkey’s brave and dedicated citizens of all backgrounds and political views defended their democracy against an attempted coup. We reaffirm the United States’ steadfast support for Turkey’s democracy and democratic institutions. We offer our condolences to the friends and loved ...
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U.S. Air Force Chief of Staff Discusses Strengthening the Strategic Military-to-Military Partnership with the Republic of Turkey

Ankara – The U.S. Air Force Chief of Staff, Gen. David L. Goldfein departed Ankara Wednesday following meetings with U.S Embassy leadership as well as Republic of Turkey military leadership to discuss strengthening the strategic military-to-military partnership with the Republic of Turkey. On Tuesday, Gen. Goldfein met with U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Turkey, Hon. ...
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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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Detention of Human Rights Defenders in Turkey

Press Statement Heather Nauert,  Department Spokesperson Washington, DC – July 6, 2017 The United States is deeply concerned by the July 5, detention of prominent human rights defenders from Amnesty International Turkey and other respected institutions. As with past arrests of prominent human rights defenders, journalists, academics, and activists, we underscore the importance of respecting due ...
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Celebrating U.S. Independence Day

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

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

The White House Office of the Press Secretary June 30, 2017 President Donald J. Trump spoke today with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey about numerous subjects, including ways to resolve the ongoing dispute between Qatar and its Gulf and Arab neighbors while ensuring that all countries work to stop terrorist funding and to combat ...
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Holly Holzer Bass Meets with International Women Courage Award winner Saadet Ozkan

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Ambassador John Bass’ Letter of December 8 to Sabah Newspaper regarding Ersin Ramoğlu’s December 6, 2016 column

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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Demonstrations planned today in Besiktas and may occur in and around Istanbul

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Emergency Message for U.S. Citizens: Explosion near Vodafone Stadium in Besiktas, Istanbul.

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Art from Exile

Syrian artists living in Turkey came together for an exhibit titled “Living,” unveiled and hosted by Holly Holzer Bass in the U.S. Ambassador’s residence in Ankara as part of the “Art in Exile” program. Displaying works of art by Syrian artists, the event attracted numerous art aficionados, cultural center directors, gallery owners and artists from ...
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You’ve probably heard the mythical story of King Midas and how everything he touched turned to gold. But you might not know that he was a historical figure who lived almost 3,000 years ago. A collaboration between Turkey’s Ministry of Culture and Tourism and the Penn Museum  is bringing the powerful king’s story to light in Philadelphia. The exhibition, The Golden Age of King Midas , features more than 120 ...
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Readout of the President’s Call with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey

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Statement by Secretary of Defense Ash Carter on the Liberation of Dabiq

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Presentation on U.S. Elections 2016 – Hacettepe University on October 11, 2016

U.S. Embassy Consular Officer, Joseph Yackley gave a talk on the U.S. election system on October 11, 2016 at Hacettepe University to American Culture and Literature Department students.  His presentation focused on the U.S. election system, selection of candidates and general information about electoral system. After his presentation, Yackley opened the floor for questions and engaged ...
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Deputy Secretary Antony Blinken’s Interview with NTV’s Ahmet Yeşiltepe

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Statement of Concern About Today’s Events in Southeast Turkey

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“Turkey’s Unbending Commitment to Democracy”

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

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

August 21, 2016 The United States condemns in the strongest possible terms yesterday’s terrorist attack in Gaziantep, Turkey.  The perpetrators of this barbaric act cynically and cowardly targeted a wedding, killing dozens and leaving scores wounded.  Our thoughts and prayers go out to the families and loved ones of those killed, and we wish a ...
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Vice President Biden’s Call with Prime Minister Binali Yildirim of Turkey

July 21, 2016 | The White House Office of the Vice President The Vice President spoke by phone today with Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim.  During the call, the Vice President reaffirmed the importance of the strategic relationship between the United States and Turkey, and reiterated the United States’ strong condemnation of last week’s attempted coup against ...
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Ambassador John Bass’ Remarks at Independence Day Reception in Istanbul – July 20, 2016

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

July 19, 2016 The White House Office of the Press Secretary The President spoke by phone today with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and again strongly condemned last week’s attempt to violently remove the democratically-elected civilian government of Turkey and expressed his support for Turkish democracy.  The President lauded the Turkish people’s resolve against this ...
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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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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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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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Secretary Kerry’s Call With Turkish Foreign Minister Cavusoglu

Readout Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC Secretary Kerry called Turkish Foreign Minister Cavusoglu today to express his deep condolences for the death of Turkish military personnel and civilians in yesterday’s heinous terrorist attack in downtown Ankara. The Secretary reiterated the steadfast commitment of the United States to our partnership with our NATO Ally Turkey ...
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