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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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Inscription from Secretary Rex Tillerson at the Anıtkabir in Ankara, Turkey

"Out of deep respect and admiration for the great and distinguished leader of the Turkish Republic, Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, I am deeply honored and proud as a representative of the American people to pay my respects to the Turkish nation and to this great leader."
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Remarks by Deputy Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken at 35th Annual Conference on U.S.-Turkey Relations

Antony J. Blinken Deputy Secretary of State Washington, DC November 1, 2016 Good evening. It is wonderful to be with all of you tonight. Eren [Ozmen], thank you for your wonderful remarks and especially for everything that you are doing for this invaluable relationship. Ambassadors—I see a number of you here—distinguished guests, thank you for ...
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Spokesperson John Kirby’s statements from the daily press briefing

Spokesperson John Kirby U.S. Department of State October 31, 2016 – Daily Press Briefing The United States is deeply concerned by what appears to be an increase in official pressure on opposition media outlets in Turkey, including through the detention earlier today of Murat Sabuncu, the editor-in-chief of Turkey’s most – one of Turkey’s most ...
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Secretary of State John Kerry On the Occasion of Turkey’s Republic Day

Press Statement John Kerry Secretary of State Washington, DC- October 27, 2016 On behalf of President Obama and the American people, I congratulate the people of Turkey as you celebrate the 93rd anniversary of the founding of your republic on October 29. As a long-time Ally, the United States remains steadfast in support of Turkey’s ...
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Readout of the President’s Call with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey

THE WHITE HOUSE Office of the Press Secretary October 26, 2016 The President spoke by phone today with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to discuss the next steps in the campaign against ISIL. The President recognized the contributions of Turkey, our NATO Ally, to the campaign, especially in supporting local Syrian forces who have cleared ...
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Consul General Davis Visited Istanbul Governor Vasip Şahin

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

October 16, 2016 I welcome today’s news that Syrian opposition forces liberated the Syrian town of Dabiq from ISIL control, aided by strong support from our ally Turkey and our international coalition. This is more than just the latest military result against this barbaric group. Dabiq held symbolic importance to ISIL. The group carried out ...
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Deputy Secretary Antony Blinken’s Interview with NTV’s Ahmet Yeşiltepe

U.S. Ambassador’s Residence September 27, 2016 Verbatim transcript Yeşiltepe: İyi günler, Türkiye ile Amerika Birleşik Devletleri arasındaki ilişkiler son dönemde oldukça hareketli sıcak bir süreç geçiriyor, işte böyle bir dönemde özelikle 15 Temmuz darbe girişiminin ardından ve ağırlıklı olarak Suriye’nin ekseni oluşturduğu ilişkler sürecinde Ankara’nın çok önemli bir konuğu var, Amerika Birleşik Devletleri Dışişleri Bakan ...
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Statement of Concern About Today’s Events in Southeast Turkey

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