NOTICE for U.S. Citizen Travelers

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Release of Revitalized Guidance on U.S. Foreign Policy on Human Rights Defenders

MEDIA NOTE Office of the Spokesperson November 29, 2021 Today, the United States is releasing revitalized and more robust public-facing guidance on U.S. government policy on human rights defenders, which will be supplemented by similar internal guidance. The revitalized public-facing guidance highlights the U.S. commitment to protecting human rights defenders of all genders and identities, in all …

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U.S. Mission Turkey Grants Program

U.S. Mission Turkey announces its country-wide grants program. Funding is available to support projects that address one or more of the following key bilateral themes: Support Shared Security, Strengthen Economic Prosperity, Promote Innovation, Foster Entrepreneurship, and Improve the Digital Economy, Reinforce Democratic Values, Foster Turkish and U.S. Ties.

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Joint Statement from the United States and Turkey

Joint Statement from the United States and Turkey Regarding a Compromise on a Transitional Approach to Existing Unilateral Measures During the Interim Period Before Pillar 1 Is in Effect U.S. Department of the Treasury November 22, 2021 On October 8, 2021, the United States and Turkey joined 134 other members of the OECD/G20 Inclusive Framework (including Austria, France, Italy, Spain, …

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Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation

AFCP 2022 Grants Program Call for Concept Notes   The U.S. Mission in Turkey and the Cultural Heritage Center of the Bureau of Education and Cultural Affairs of the Department of State are pleased to announce the call for concept notes for the Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation (AFCP) Competition 2022. The application process involves …

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Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation

AFCP 2022 Grants Program Call for Concept Notes   The U.S. Mission in Turkey and the Cultural Heritage Center of the Bureau of Education and Cultural Affairs of the Department of State are pleased to announce the call for concept notes for the Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation (AFCP) Competition 2022. The application process involves …

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Turkey National Day

Anthony J. Blinken, Secretary of State 29 October 2021 On behalf of the United States of America, I congratulate the people of Turkey as you celebrate the 98th anniversary of the founding of the Republic of Turkey. Turkey is an important NATO Ally and partner of the United States.  For decades, Turkey has stood together …

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Statement by NSC Spokesperson Emily Horne on National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan’s Meeting with Ibrahim Kalin

Statement by NSC Spokesperson Emily Horne on National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan’s Meeting with Ibrahim Kalin, Spokesperson and Chief Advisor to the President of Turkey The White House October 27, 2021 National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan spoke today with Dr. Ibrahim Kalin, Spokesperson and Chief Advisor to the President of Turkey. They discussed a range …

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Statement on Four Years of Osman Kavala’s Detention

Today marks four years since the ongoing detention of Osman Kavala began. The continuing delays in his trial, including by merging different cases and creating new ones after a previous acquittal, cast a shadow over respect for democracy, the rule of law and transparency in the Turkish judiciary system. Together, the embassies of Canada, France, …

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Deputy Secretary Sherman’s Meetings with Turkish Deputy Foreign Minister Önal  

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson For Immediate Release READOUT September 17, 2021 Deputy Secretary Sherman’s Meetings with Turkish Deputy Foreign Minister Önal The below is attributable to Spokesperson Ned Price: Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman met today with Turkish Deputy Foreign Minister Sedat Önal as part of the 2021 U.S-Turkey High-Level …

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On Today’s Terrorist Attacks in Kabul

Today’s bombings around the Kabul airport were a devastating reminder of the dangerous conditions in which our service members and diplomats are operating as we conclude the United States’ 20-year military mission in Afghanistan. As the President said, the servicemembers who were killed and wounded today are heroes. They put their lives on the line …

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U.S. Embassy Statement Regarding Firefighting Cooperation

August 18, 2021 We are pleased that two CH-47 Chinook helicopters provided by the U.S. Agency for International Development and the U.S. European Command could participate in a joint effort to fight fires in Turkey’s Mugla, Dalaman region.  The helicopters completed water bucket drops in support of the firefighting effort. We commend the dedicated and successful efforts …

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U.S. Assistance to Wildfires in Turkey

By Ambassador David M. Satterfield August 8, 2021 U.S. Ally and NATO member Turkey answered our call for help with personal protective equipment early in the fight against COVID-19. Now, we are proud to return the gesture by responding to Turkey’s request and supporting Turkey’s wildfire suppression efforts. Through the U.S. European Command and in …

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Message for U.S. Citizens: Temporary Suspension on the Importation of Dogs into the United States

Location: Entry into the United States Event: Temporary Suspension on the Importation of Dogs into the United States. On June 14, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released a Notice of Temporary Suspension of Dogs Entering the United States from High-Risk Rabies Countries. Effective this Wednesday, July 14, 2021, the order temporarily suspends the importation of dogs from countries classified by the CDC as high risk for …

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Ambassador David M. Satterfield’s Video Message on the Occasion of 2021 Independence Day

Ambassador David M. Satterfield: “I am delighted to welcome you to our virtual celebration of the 245th anniversary of American independence – the Fourth of July, 2021. As has so often been the case over the last year and a half, the effects of the global pandemic have once again prevented our traditional in-person celebrations. …

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America’s Independence Day and Our Commitment to Equality

By Ambassador David M. Satterfield July 2, 2021 On the Fourth of July, the United States of America celebrates the 245th anniversary of our Declaration of Independence. The enduring power and influence of the Declaration derives from its core premise, the self-evident truths “that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their …

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Press Statement In Commemoration of Juneteenth

In Commemoration of Juneteenth PRESS STATEMENT ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE JUNE 18, 2021 Juneteenth, or June 19, is a reflective day to commemorate the end of slavery in the United States. On January 1, 1863, President Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation to abolish slavery. Yet it wasn’t until two and a half years later, on June 19, 1865, that …

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Readout of Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield’s Meetings with Turkish Presidential Spokesperson Ibrahim Kalin

UNITED STATES MISSION TO THE UNITED NATIONS Office of Press and Public Diplomacy FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE June 02, 2021 Readout of Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield’s Meetings with Turkish Presidential Spokesperson Ibrahim Kalin The below is attributable to U.S. Mission to the UN Spokesperson Olivia Dalton: Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield met today with Turkish Presidential Spokesperson Ibrahim Kalin. …

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STATEMENT BY NED PRICE SPOKESPERSON

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson  STATEMENT BY NED PRICE, SPOKESPERSON May 18, 2021 Turkish President Erdogan’s Anti-Semitic Remarks The United States strongly condemns President Erdogan’s recent anti-Semitic comments regarding the Jewish people and finds them reprehensible. We urge President Erdogan and other Turkish leaders to refrain from incendiary remarks, which could incite …

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The Istanbul Convention: for a better future for all

Statement on the occasion of the 10th anniversary of the Istanbul Convention by the Ankara embassies of Austria, Belgium, Canada, Czechia, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Sweden, United Kingdom, United States, New Zealand.

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New Grants Announcement

Key Strategic Policy Themes for Mission Turkey’s Grants Program U.S. Mission Turkey announces its country-wide grants program. Funding is available to support projects that address one or more of the following key bilateral themes: Support Security Strengthen Economic Prosperity, Promote Innovation, Foster Entrepreneurship, and Improve the Digital Economy Reinforce Democratic Values Foster Turkish and U.S. …

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Readout of President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. Call with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey

THE WHITE HOUSE April 23, 2021 President Joseph R. Biden spoke today with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, conveying his interest in a constructive bilateral relationship with expanded areas of cooperation and effective management of disagreements. The leaders agreed to hold a bilateral meeting on the margins of the NATO Summit in June to discuss …

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China targets Uyghurs with sham trials, long sentences

By  Leigh Hartman The People’s Republic of China is stepping up baseless prosecutions of Uyghur and other Muslim minorities, sentencing innocent people to years in prison, a new report says. In a February 24 report, Human Rights Watch says that the PRC’s judicial system in Xinjiang has sentenced 250,000 Uyghur and other ethnic minorities to prison, and …

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Readout of Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III’s Phone Call With Turkish Minister of National Defense Hulusi Akar

APRIL 1, 2021 Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III spoke by phone today with Turkish Minister of National Defense Hulusi Akar to underscore commitment to the U.S.-Turkish bilateral defense relationship and collective security through NATO. The Secretary thanked Minister Akar for the significant role Turkey is playing as part of the Resolute Support Mission …

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U.S. Announces Additional Humanitarian Assistance for the Syria Crisis Response

03/30/2021 Antony J. Blinken, Secretary of State Today at the fifth Brussels Conference on “Supporting the Future of Syria and the Region,” U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Linda Thomas-Greenfield announced more than $596 million in new humanitarian assistance to respond to the Syrian crisis. This funding brings the total U.S. Government humanitarian assistance to …

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Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad Travel to Turkey

Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad visited Turkey March 26-29 to discuss with Turkish counterparts the upcoming Istanbul international conference on the Afghanistan peace process.  Building on recent international gatherings in support of the peace process, the Istanbul conference is meant to help Afghan negotiators accelerate their efforts to end the war in Afghanistan …

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Statement by President Biden on Turkey’s Withdrawal from the Istanbul Convention

THE WHITE HOUSE March 21, 2021 Turkey’s sudden and unwarranted withdrawal from the Council of Europe Convention on Preventing and Combating Violence Against Women and Domestic Violence, better known as the Istanbul Convention, is deeply disappointing. Around the world, we are seeing increases in the number of domestic violence incidents, including reports of rising femicide …

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Actions in Turkey’s Parliament 

Ned Price, Department Spokesperson The United States is closely following events in Turkey, including troubling moves on March 17 to strip Member of Parliament Omer Faruk Gergerlioglu of his parliamentary seat. We are also monitoring the initiation of efforts to dissolve the People’s Democratic Party, a decision that would unduly subvert the will of Turkish voters, further undermine democracy in Turkey, and …

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Statement By Acting Administrator Gloria Steele

UNITED STATES AGENCY FOR INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT Office of Press Relations March 15, 2021 STATEMENT BY ACTING ADMINISTRATOR GLORIA STEELE   The United States Remains Committed to the Syrian People on the 10 Year Anniversary of Syria’s Conflict As the world marks the somber 10-year anniversary of the conflict in Syria, the U.S. Government affirms its …

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2021 International Women of Courage Award Recipients Announced

2021 International Women of Courage Award Recipients Announced NOTICE TO THE PRESS OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON MARCH 4, 202 Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken to Host Virtual Award Ceremony Featuring Special Remarks by the First Lady, Dr. Jill Biden On Monday, March 8, at 10:00 a.m., Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken will host the annual International Women …

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Secretary Blinken’s Call with Turkish Foreign Minister Çavuşoğlu

Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken spoke by phone with Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu today. Secretary Blinken emphasized the longstanding importance of the U.S.-Turkish bilateral relationship, our shared interest in countering terrorism, and the importance of democratic institutions, inclusive governance, and respect for human rights.

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Release Osman Kavala Immediately

Ned Price: The United States again calls on Turkey to immediately release Osman Kavala from detention. The specious charges against Kavala, his ongoing detention, and the continuing delays in the conclusion of his trial, including through the merger of cases against him, undermine respect for the rule of law and democracy.

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ECA Acting Assistant Secretary Matthew Lussenhop’s Remarks to the Fulbright Commission’s 70th Anniversary

January 28, 2021 ECA Acting Assistant Secretary Lussenhop: Merhaba. My Name is Matthew Lussenhop and I’m the Acting Assistant Secretary for the Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. So thank you for inviting me to this anniversary celebration and conference on the impact of the educational exchange on peace, development, and intercultural …

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Why so much time from election to inauguration of a U.S. president?

Why so much time from election to inauguration of a U.S. president? By ShareAmerica Jan 14, 2021 While many democracies swap in new leaders in a sprint, the U.S. ambles along with a transition period of 11 weeks. But slow as that might seem, it’s shorter than the four months the Constitution originally left for the …

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USTDA Supports Istanbul’s Digital Transformation

The U.S. Trade and Development Agency awarded a grant to the Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality to support the transformation of the city’s digital infrastructure.  USTDA’s grant will fund technical assistance to expand Istanbul’s data center and establish an Analytics Center of Excellence (ACoE).

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Ambassador Satterfield’s Statement on International Human Rights Day

December 10, 2020 Today, the United States Mission to Turkey commemorates International Human Rights Day and the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights by the UN General Assembly in 1948. The Declaration states that all individuals are born with inalienable rights, including freedoms of thought, religion or belief, expression, peaceful assembly, and association. …

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Statement on U.S. Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad’s Visit to Turkey

PRESS RELEASE   Ankara, December 4, 2020 Statement on U.S. Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad’s Visit to Turkey U.S. Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad visited Ankara on December 3-4. In meetings with Deputy Foreign Minister Sedat Önal, Presidency Special Advisor Ibrahim Kalin, and other senior Turkish officials, Ambassador Khalilzad discussed …

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New Grants Announcement

Key Strategic Policy Themes for Mission Turkey’s Grants Program U.S. Mission Turkey announces its country-wide grants program. Funding is available to support projects that address one or more of the following key bilateral themes: Support Security Strengthen Economic Prosperity, Promote Innovation, Foster Entrepreneurship, and Improve the Digital Economy Reinforce Democratic Values Foster Turkish and U.S. …

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Health Alert: COVID-19 Related Restrictions in Turkey – Update

November 18, 2020 Location: Turkey Health Alert: COVID-19 Related Restrictions in Turkey – Update New Updates:  The Government of Turkey announced the following measures to combat COVID-19 in Turkey, which will go into effect at 20:00 on Friday, November 20, 2020, in all provinces, until further notice: Individuals age 65 and over are only allowed outside …

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America’s Enduring Democracy

By Ambassador David Satterfield 27 October 2020 On or before November 3, many millions of U.S. citizens will vote – in person, by mail and by e-mail – in our country’s Presidential election.  As of this week, over 20 million ballots already have been cast, an unprecedented early voting turnout. For 230 years, ever since George Washington was elected in 1789, U.S. democracy has been a …

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Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation

AFCP 2021 Grants Program Call for Concept Notes   The U.S. Mission in Turkey and the Cultural Heritage Center of the Bureau of Education and Cultural Affairs of the Department of State are pleased to announce the call for concept notes for the Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation (AFCP) Competition 2021. Please note that beginning …

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Statement of the presidents of the Russian Federation, the United States of America and the French Republic on Nagorno-Karabakh

The President of the Russian Federation, the President of the United States of America, and the President of the French Republic, representing the Co-Chair countries of the OSCE Minsk Group, condemn in the strongest terms the recent escalation of violence along the Line of Contact in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict zone. We deplore the loss of …

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Consul General Darnell’s Interview With Dünya Executive – TR Monitor

July 22, 2020 Consul General Daria Darnell’s interview with Turkey’s economic daily Dünya Executive – TR Monitor by Husniye Gungor: “Turkey Among Fastest Growing FDI in the U.S.” Full text of interview (PDF 297KB) Excerpt: Challenges For U.S. Companies – “There are a few areas that we certainly talk to the government about. U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross was really …

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Ambassador David M. Satterfield’s Video Message on the Occasion of 2020 Independence Day

Ambassador Satterfield: “July 4th, Independence Day in the United States of America, is traditionally a day of family and community festivities.” … “This year the United States, Turkey, and the world face unprecedented challenges. But it is exactly at times like this that the United States and Turkey have stood together to face difficult challenges …

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USTDA Announces U.S.–Turkey Next Generation Cities Initiative

Press Release June 29, 2020 Arlington, Virginia – The U.S. Trade and Development Agency today launched the U.S.–Turkey Next Generation Cities Initiative to support of the development of smart cities across Turkey. The Initiative will streamline access for Turkish partners to the most innovative smart cities solutions that U.S. companies have to offer and be executed in cooperation …

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STATEMENT BY SECRETARY MICHAEL R. POMPEO: The Conviction of U.S. Consulate General Istanbul Employee Metin Topuz

June 11, 2020  The Conviction of U.S. Consulate General Istanbul Employee Metin Topuz The United States is deeply troubled by the decision of a Turkish court today to convict U.S. Consulate General Istanbul employee Metin Topuz and hopes the conviction will swiftly be overturned. For nearly three decades, Mr. Topuz worked tirelessly to promote law …

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U.S. Embassy Statement on Today’s Court Decision for U.S. Consulate General Istanbul Employee Metin Topuz

June 11, 2020 U.S. officials observed every hearing in the trial of Metin Topuz in Istanbul, and we are deeply disappointed in today’s decision. We have seen no credible evidence to support this conviction and hope it will swiftly be overturned. For nearly three decades, Mr. Topuz performed outstanding work appreciated and lauded by officials …

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Remembering and Learning from James Baldwin, American Writer and Civil Rights Activist

The American writer and civil rights activist, James Baldwin, wrote: “Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced.” June is Pride Month. It’s a time when we celebrate LGBTI diversity and encourage equal protections under the law for all people. At the same time, we cannot …

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New Grants Announcement

The U.S. Embassy in Ankara announces its country-wide Grants Program. Funding is available to support projects that address one or more of the following key bilateral themes below. For each project, we encourage applicants to consider developing programs for Turkish participants from any or all age groups, to include educational audiences, such as teachers and …

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American Citizen Services COVID-19 Video Message to U.S. Citizens, May 12, 2020

On Tuesday, May 12, 2020, Consulate General Istanbul American Citizen Services Chief Marko Cimbaljevich and Consular Officer Yetta Ziolkowski taped this message for U.S. citizens in Turkey. They discussed the evolving situation regarding COVID-19, commercial flight options to the United States from Turkey, local restrictions, and specific crisis services offered by U.S. Mission Turkey. Please …

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Presidential Message on the 75th Anniversary of Victory in Europe Day

Office of the Press Secretary May 8, 2020 Seventy-five years ago today, the last remnants of the Nazi regime unconditionally surrendered to the Allied Powers, marking the end of World War II in Europe.  Today, we celebrate the forces of freedom who defeated tyranny and emerged victorious in that monumental struggle.  We pay tribute to …

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Statement by the President on Armenian Remembrance Day 2020

Office of the Press Secretary April 24, 2020 Today, we join the global community in memorializing the lives lost during the Meds Yeghern, one of the worst mass atrocities of the 20th century.  Beginning in 1915, 1 and a half million Armenians were deported, massacred, or marched to their deaths in the final years of the Ottoman Empire.  On this day of remembrance, …

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Frequently Asked Questions about H1B and J1 “Medical Visas” to Work in the U.S.

We’ve received a lot of requests for additional information about H1B/J1 “Medical Visas” which enable qualified medical professionals to work in the U.S. We hope this information is helpful. Q. I want to work in the U.S. as a medical professional. How do I do that? A: In order to work in the U.S. as a medical …

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U.S. Leadership in the Global COVID-19 Response through Additional U.S. Foreign Assistance

Statement by Secretary Michael R. Pompeo: Thanks to the unmatched generosity of the American people and the efforts of the U.S. government, the United States has continued to lead the world’s public health and humanitarian response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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American Citizen Services COVID-19 Virtual Town Hall on April 6, 2020

On Tuesday, April 6, 2020, Mission Turkey held a virtual Town Hall co-hosted by U.S. Embassy Ankara American Citizen Services Chief Aroosha Rana and Consulate General Istanbul American Citizen Services Chief Marko Cimbaljevich. They discussed the evolving situation regarding COVID-19, commercial flight options to the United States from Turkey, local restrictions, and specific crisis services …

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Resources for Journalists Covering COVID-19

International Center for Journalists  (ICFJ) builds the expertise and storytelling skills of reporters worldwide. As the novel coronavirus spreads globally, journalists are working in overdrive to provide lifesaving information. Some are doing it under quarantine. Others are in countries with limited access to health experts. All of them face the same health risks they are covering. ICFJ rolled out a wide range of …

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America Announces New Humanitarian Assistance for the Syria Crisis Response

Spokesperson Ortagus: Today in Turkey, the U.S. Representative to the United Nations, Ambassador Kelly Craft, announced $108 million in additional humanitarian assistance for the people of Syria in response to the ongoing crisis caused by Assad regime, Russian, and Iranian forces.

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Memorial held for Mustafa Akarsu at the U.S. Embassy in Ankara

February 1, 2020, was the 7th anniversary of the tragic death of Mustafa Akarsu, beloved embassy security guard who died in a heinous terrorist attack against the U.S. Embassy on February 1, 2013. Today, February 3, his family, friends, and colleagues, together with U.S. Ambassador Satterfield, commemorated his life. The ceremony took place at the …

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Remarks by President Trump and President Erdoğan of Turkey Before Bilateral Meeting

PRESIDENT TRUMP: Okay. Thank you very much. It’s a great honor to be with President Erdoğan and Mrs. Erdoğan. Thank you very much. We very much appreciate you being here. First Lady, thank you very much. And I know you’re going to go out to lunch after this. Great honor to have you.

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The U.S. Embassy Grants Program

The U.S. Embassy in Ankara announces its country-wide Grants Program. Funding is available to support projects that address one or more of the following key bilateral themes: Support Shared Security:  Projects for consideration in this category could/should support and advance cooperation between the United States and Turkey in bilateral counterterrorism efforts and transnational crime as well as …

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Secretary Michael R. Pompeo’s Call with Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson READOUT November 1, 2019 The following is attributable to Spokesperson Morgan Ortagus: Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo spoke yesterday with Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu. Secretary Pompeo reaffirmed the U.S. commitment to our bilateral relationship and, in particular, they discussed the importance of the October 17 …

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Ambassador’s Fund for Cultural Preservation

The U.S. Mission in Turkey and the Cultural Heritage Center of the Bureau of Education and Cultural Affairs of the Department of State are pleased to announce the 2020 call for proposals for the Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation (AFCP) Competition. AFCP was established to support countries in preserving their cultural heritage and to demonstrate …

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Sanctioning the Government of Turkey in Response to the Ongoing Military Offensive in Northeast Syria

PRESS STATEMENT MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE OCTOBER 14, 2019 On Friday, the United States signaled its intent to take action in response to Turkey’s ongoing unilateral military offensive in northeast Syria. President Donald J. Trump has now signed an Executive Order to press Turkey to halt its military offensive against northeast Syria and …

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Ambassador Satterfield visited Anitkabir

New U.S. Ambassador to Turkey, David M. Satterfield, visited Anitkabir on September 4, 2019. He paid his respects and laid a wreath at the tomb of Mustafa Kemal Ataturk. Members of the U.S. Embassy community, both U.S. diplomats and Turkish colleagues, were honored to join Ambassador Satterfield at Anitkabir on his first official visit. Ambassador Satterfield signed the …

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Statement on Joint Military Talks Regarding Syria

From August 5-7, 2019, U.S. and Turkish military delegations met at the Turkish Ministry of Defense to discuss plans to coordinate the establishment of a safe zone in northern Syria. The delegations agreed on the following: a) the rapid implementation of initial measures to address Turkey’s security concerns; b) to stand-up a joint operations center …

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Ambassador Jeffrey Turkey Trip Readout

From July 22-24, Special Representative for Syria Engagement and Special Envoy for the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS, Ambassador James Jeffrey, held a series of meetings in Ankara with senior Turkish officials, including Presidential Spokesperson Ibrahim Kalin, Defense Minister Hulusi Akar, and Deputy Foreign Minister Sedat Onal. On Monday, Ambassador Jeffrey led a U.S. interagency …

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Remarks by Consul General Daria Darnell at Independence Day Celebrations in Istanbul

July 3, 2019 Istanbul Good evening, everyone.  It is my pleasure to welcome you all.  I am so happy you could join us in celebrating the 243rd anniversary of the independence of the United States of America. We are especially honored to have Governor Ismail Gültekin and members of parliament here and mayors from our …

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Remarks by Charge d’Affaires Jeffrey M. Hovenier at the Independence Day Reception

June 2, 2019 Ankara Every year around July 4th we gather at our Embassies and Consulates around the world to celebrate the birthday of the United States, and to recognize our strong partnerships. Indeed, the Turkish-American relationship is a special one. Our friendship started in 1831 during the Ottoman Empire, and was formalized with modern …

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U.S. Commercial Service Turkey and U.S. Consular Agency Opening Offices at Izmir Chamber of Commerce

U.S. Embassy Ankara For Immediate Release: June 27, 2019 Representatives of the U.S. Commercial Service Turkey and the U.S. Citizen Services Consular Agency in Izmir will begin offering services at their new offices located under the roof of the city’s leading civil society organization, Izmir Chamber of Commerce (IZTO), later this summer. The U.S. Commercial …

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Visit by Ambassador Nathan A. Sales, the Department of State’s Coordinator for Counterterrorism, to Turkey

On June 13, Ambassador Nathan A. Sales met with Turkish Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, Sedat Onal; Turkish Deputy Minister of Justice, Selahaddin Mentes; and with Senior Presidential Advisor, Dr. Gulnur Aybet. They discussed countering the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), global efforts to defeat al-Qa’ida and ISIS, the repatriation and prosecution of foreign terrorist fighters, …

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Cancellation of Istanbul Mayoral Election Results

Press Statement Morgan Ortagus Department Spokesperson Washington, DC – May 8, 2019 Free and fair elections and acceptance of legitimate election results are essential for any democracy.The Turkish Supreme Election Council has taken the decision, after certifying the results of the mayoral election in Istanbul of March 31, to re-run that election. We, like other …

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Special Representative Ambassador James Jeffrey Travels to Turkey and Switzerland

Media Note Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC April 29, 2019 Special Representative for Syria Engagement and Special Envoy for the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS Ambassador James Jeffrey and Deputy Assistant Secretary and Special Envoy for Syria Joel Rayburn will travel to Ankara, Turkey for meetings on April 30-May 2, 2019. Ambassador Jeffrey will …

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10 things you need to know about NATO

Collective defence: The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) was founded in 1949 and is a group of 29 countries from Europe and North America that exists to protect the people and territory of its members. The Alliance is founded on the principle of collective defence, meaning that if one NATO Ally is attacked, then all …

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The U.S. Embassy Grants Program

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

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State Department Maintains Foreign Terrorist Organization (FTO) Designation of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK)

Media Note Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC – March 1, 2019 The Department of State has reviewed and maintained the Foreign Terrorist Organization (FTO) designation of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), pursuant to Section 219 of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA), as amended (8 U.S.C. § 1189). The PKK was originally designated as …

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Instagram Trivia Giveaway

How much do you know about the history of women’s rights in the U.S.? You could win a gift bag from the U.S. Embassy in Turkey! How to Enter Now through March 31, 2019,  each week a trivia question related to the history of women’s rights in the U.S. will be posted on the Embassy’s …

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Readout of Meeting Between Administration Officials and President Erdogan of Turkey

February 28, 2019 Yesterday, Senior Advisor to the President Jared Kushner, Special Representative for International Negotiations Jason Greenblatt, and United States Special Representative for Iran Brian Hook met in Turkey with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.  They discussed increasing cooperation between the United States and Turkey, and the Trump Administration’s efforts to facilitate peace between the Israelis and …

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President Donald J. Trump Announces Intent to Nominate Individuals to Key Administration Posts

U.S. Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo hosts a day of meetings with the foreign ministers of the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS on February 6 in Washington, DC. The full 79-member Coalition will meet for in-depth discussions on the impending territorial defeat of ISIS in Iraq and Syria, which is the result of four …

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Joint Statement on Syria

We, the Foreign Ministers and representatives of Egypt, France, Germany, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, the United Kingdom, and the United States of America, met today in Washington to continue our work in support of the UN’s efforts to achieve a political solution to the conflict in Syria on the basis of UN Security Council Resolution 2254.

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Apply for Study of the U.S. Institutes for Student Leaders

Study of the U.S. Institutes (SUSIs) for Student Leaders are intensive short-term academic programs whose purpose is to provide groups of undergraduate student leaders with a deeper understanding of the United States while simultaneously enhancing their leadership skills.  The five-week Institutes will consist of a balanced series of seminar discussions, readings, group presentations, and lectures.  …

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Chargé d’Affaires J. M. Hovenier’s Speech at “Gypsy Girl” Mosaics Repatriation Event

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U.S. Aviation Sales to Turkey

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Message for U.S. Citizens: Newsletter for U.S. Citizens (April 2018 – American Outlook)

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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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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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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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Turkish Americans make their mark in local government

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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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International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women

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USTDA and U.S. Industry Launch Gas Infrastructure Exports Initiative

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Testimony by Jonathan R. Cohen at the U.S. Helsinki Commission

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Readout of the Vice President’s Meeting with Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim

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

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Secretary Tillerson’s Call With Turkish Minister of Foreign Affairs Cavusoglu

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Ambassador John R. Bass Press Round Table – Diplomatic Correspondents Association (October 11, 2017)

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

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U.S.-Turkey Trade and Investment Framework Agreement

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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

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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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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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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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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

THE WHITE HOUSE Office of the Press Secretary – May 16, 2017 President Donald J. Trump met today with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey to discuss how to further strengthen the deep and diverse relationship between our two countries. President Trump reiterated the commitment of the United States to the security of our NATO …

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The Arctic Council: Fostering Cooperation, Preservation, and Prosperity in the Far North

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

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World Press Freedom Day

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

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UN Security Council Meeting on North Korea

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

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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: International Workers’ Day Gatherings on Monday, May 1, 2017

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

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Intellectual Property is the Key to an Innovation Economy

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

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Statement by President Donald J. Trump on Armenian Remembrance Day 2017

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

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Secretary Tillerson’s Visit to Moscow Marks An Important Moment in the Relationship

By DipNote Bloggers on April 12, 2017 Today U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson met with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow, Russia. Secretary Tillerson discussed a range of global issues and challenges including counterterrorism efforts, cyberspace, and bilateral relations as well as other areas of common interest such as the …

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Remarks With National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster

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

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Chemical Weapons Attack in Syria

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

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U.S. – NATO Alliance

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

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Press Availability With Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu

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

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SelectUSA Summit 2017

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

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State of Global Partnerships 2017 Report

Secretary Tillerson (March 6): The annual State of Global Partnership report, released during Global Partnership Week, features public-private partnerships across the State Department and USAID that aim to address at least one of the 17 sustainable goals. Report Greetings, Deputy Special Representative Thomas Debass The Secretary’s Office of Global Partnerships

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International Women’s Day / Women’s History Month

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

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Education Opportunity in the U.S. : EducationUSA Summer Program

The U.S. Embassy in Ankara, the U.S. Consulate General in Istanbul, and the U.S. Consulate in Adana would like to encourage English-speaking Turkish students between the ages of 15 and 17 to apply for a summer program at EducationUSA Academy.  Fifteen host universities across the United States will be accepting applications.   EducationUSA Academy is …

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Readout of the Vice President’s Meeting with Prime Minister Yildirim of Turkey

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

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Readout of Secretary Mattis’ Bilateral Meeting with Turkish Minister of Defense Fikri Işik

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

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Secretary Tillerson to Travel to Bonn, Germany

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will travel to Bonn, Germany, February 15-17 to participate in the G-20 Foreign Ministers’ Meeting. This will be his first official trip as Secretary of State. While in Bonn, Secretary Tillerson will participate in several G-20 sessions as well as bilateral meetings. Secretary Tillerson will also meet with counterparts …

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The National Museum of African American History and Culture

The National Museum of African American History and Culture is the only national museum devoted exclusively to the documentation of African American life, history, and culture. It was established by Act of Congress in 2003, following decades of efforts to promote and highlight the contributions of African Americans. To date, the Museum has collected more …

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Readout of the President’s Call with President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan of Turkey

THE WHITE HOUSE – Office of the Press Secretary February 7, 2017 President Donald J. Trump today spoke by phone with President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan of Turkey about the close, long-standing relationship between the United States and Turkey and their shared commitment to combatting terrorism in all its forms. President Trump reiterated U.S. support to …

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The new face of U.S. currency: An African-American ‘Lady Liberty’

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

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Memorial Ceremony for Mustafa Akarsu

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

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Daughter of South Asian immigrants becomes U.N. ambassador

Former South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley will serve as the new U.S. ambassador to the United Nations. Vice President Pence administered the oath of office to Haley on January 25. The U.S. Senate voted 96-4 the previous night in favor of her nomination. Haley, the daughter of immigrants from India, was the first female governor …

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Urgent Notice Regarding Executive Order on Protecting the Nation from Terrorist Attacks by Foreign Nationals

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

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Trump portrait takes the spotlight

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

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The many faces of King in America’s cities

ShareAmerica A mural of Martin Luther King Jr. overlooks a Los Angeles parking lot. (© Camilo Vergara) “I just want the most spontaneous ones,” said Camilo Vergara, referring to his photos of street art depicting Martin Luther King Jr., “the ones that came from the gut.” Vergara is a Chilean-American sociologist and photographer who has documented …

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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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Clarification Regarding U.S. Government Public Security Messages

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

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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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The truth regarding misinformation in Turkish media concerning United States and Coalition operations against ISIL in Syria:

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

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Ambassador John Bass’ Interview with NTV’s Ahmet Yeşiltepe

NTV Studios, Ankara | December 22, 2016  [Introduction in Turkish] Question: Mister Ambassador, thank you very much for this opportunity. Turkey is going through terrible times, actually. Your assessments are very valuable for us to understand the current situation. First of all, I would like to start with the assassination of the Russian ambassador. What do you …

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State Department Spokesperson John Kirby’s Daily Press Briefing – December 20, 2016

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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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Statement by Secretary Kerry on the Assassination of Russian Ambassador to Turkey Andrey Karlov

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

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Statement by NSC Spokesperson Ned Price on the Assassination of Russian Ambassador to Turkey Andrey Karlov

Statement by NSC Spokesperson Ned Price on the Assassination of Russian Ambassador to Turkey Andrey Karlov December 19, 2016 The United States strongly condemns the assassination of the Russian Ambassador to Turkey, Andrei Karlov, in Ankara today, which reportedly also left others wounded. Our thoughts and prayers are with the families and loved ones of …

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

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

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Statement by NSC Spokesperson Ned Price on the Terrorist Attack in Kayseri, Turkey

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

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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Protests Planned in Ankara, December 16, 2016

U.S. Embassy Ankara informs U.S. citizens that it is aware that an organization called Radical Change (Köklü Değişim Derneği) is organizing a protest today after the Friday prayer at approximately 1:30 pm. The group reportedly plans to march from Kocatepe Mosque to the U.S. Embassy. In addition, the U.S. Embassy informs U.S. citizens that the …

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Trump picks Rex Tillerson to lead State Department

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

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Art From Exile: Syrian refugees find their voices through art

If civil war forced you to flee your homeland, how would you live? That question is at the heart of an exhibition at the U.S. ambassador’s residence in Ankara, Turkey, showcasing the work of eight Syrian artists now based in Istanbul. Titled Living, the exhibition — part of a larger project called Art From Exile — opened December 2 …

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

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

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Statement by NSC Spokesperson Ned Price on the Terrorist Attack in Istanbul, Turkey

The White House Office of the Press Secretary December 11, 2016 The United States condemns in the strongest terms the terrorist attack today in Istanbul, Turkey, which killed and wounded dozens.  The attack appears to have targeted police forces.  Our thoughts and prayers go out to the victims, their families and loved ones, and to …

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

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

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Art from Exile

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

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What do you know about the real King Midas?

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

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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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Ambassador John Bass is hosting students to watch the U.S. Presidential Elections

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

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