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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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

December 8, 2018 “Merhaba. Burada olmaktan mutluyum. First, I want to thank Minister of Culture Mehmet Ersoy, Governor of Gaziantep Davut Gül, and Mayor of Gaziantep Fatma Şahin for inviting me to participate in this important event. As Ataturk said, “The foundation of The Republic of Turkey is culture.”  Turkey is home to some of …

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Secretary’s Remarks to the Media

Washington, DC November 20, 2018 SECRETARY POMPEO: ….And finally, I just left a meeting with Turkish Foreign Minister Cavusoglu today. I welcomed the positive momentum in our relationship following the release of Pastor Brunson and urged reopening additional channels to address issues of mutual concern. We are still greatly concerned about Turkey’s continued unjust detention …

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U.S. Department of State Press Release: On the Detention of Civil Society Leaders

Press Statement Heather Nauert Department Spokesperson Washington, DC November 16, 2018 ________________________________ The United States is very concerned about Turkey’s detention today of academics, journalists, and civil society activists with ties to the Anatolia Culture Association. Transparency, rule of law, and freedom of expression and association are fundamental elements of every healthy democracy. The U.S.-Turkey …

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Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation

The U.S. Embassy Turkey and the Cultural Heritage Center of the Bureau of Education and Cultural Affairs of the Department of State are pleased to announce the 2019 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 U.S. …

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Statement on U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Matthew Palmer’s Visit to Ankara, Turkey

U.S. Embassy Ankara Ankara, Turkey November 6, 2018 Over the past two days I have been very pleased to have my first visit to Ankara since assuming my position as U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs.  During this visit I met with a number of high-level Turkish government officials, business …

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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 …

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CJTF-OIR and Turkish Military Begin Combined Joint Patrols

COMBINED JOINT TASK FORCE OPERATION INHERENT RESOLVE Public Affairs Office November 1, 2018 SOUTHWEST ASIA—Coalition and Turkish military forces initiated combined joint patrols northwest of Manbij this morning. The combined joint patrols allow Coalition and Turkish military forces to complement the local security structure for security and stability in Manbij. Maintaining security and stability in …

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Chargé d’Affaires Hovenier Visits Anitkabir

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

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Press Briefing – Assistant Secretary of the Treasury for Terrorist Financing Marshall Billingslea

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

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An excerpt from U.S. Department of State Spokesperson Heather Nauert’s Daily Press Briefing

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

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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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