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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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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Statement Regarding Transfer of Parts of Varosha to Turkish Cypriot Control

PRESS STATEMENT ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE JULY 20, 2021 The United States condemns the announcement by Turkish Cypriot leader Ersin Tatar and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan today regarding the transfer of parts of Varosha to Turkish Cypriot control.  This move is clearly inconsistent with UN Security Council Resolutions 550 and 789, which …

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Delegation Statement

Following discussions between President Biden and President Erdogan at their recent meeting in Brussels, the U.S. and Turkish delegations held two days of technical talks, and made progress toward possible future support for Afghanistan at Hamid Karzai International Airport.

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

PRESS RELEASE   November 13, 2020   Statement on the Visit to Turkey by U.S. Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad  U.S. Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad visited Ankara from November 11-13. In meetings with Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu, Deputy Foreign Minister Sedat Önal, Presidency Special Advisor İbrahim Kalın, and other senior Turkish …

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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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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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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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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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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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Press Releases – Metin Topuz (U.S. Department of State)

Press Statement Robert Palladino Deputy Spokesperson Washington, DC – March 28, 2019 The U.S. government is closely following the case of U.S. Consulate General Istanbul employee Metin Topuz, whose trial began on March 26th. For nearly three decades and under our direction, Mr. Topuz worked tirelessly to promote law enforcement cooperation between the United States …

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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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Presidential Proclamation on National African American History Month, 2019

Office of the Press Secretary January 31, 2019 National African American History Month, 2019 __________________ By the President of the United States of America A Proclamation In the year 1619, a Dutch trading ship sailed into the Chesapeake Bay and dropped anchor at Point Comfort, Virginia.  The vessel’s arrival marked the beginning of the unscrupulous …

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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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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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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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Joint Press Statement on the Visit to Turkey by National Security Advisor Lieutenant General H.R. McMaster

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

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Statement from the U.S. Mission to Turkey on the Full Resumption of Visa Services

December 28, 2017 Since October, the Government of Turkey has adhered to the high-level assurances it provided to the United States that there are no additional local employees of our Mission in Turkey under investigation, that local staff of our Embassy and consulates will not be detained or arrested for performing their official duties – …

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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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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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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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Secretary of State Tillerson Travel to Hamburg, Kyiv, and Istanbul

Heather Nauert Department Spokesperson Washington, DC – July 5, 2017 U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will accompany President Donald J. Trump on travel to Hamburg, Germany, July 5–9. Secretary Tillerson will then make his first official visit to Kyiv, Ukraine on July 9, where he will meet President Poroshenko and with young reformers from government …

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

Daily Press Briefing – John Kirby, Spokesperson – Daily Press Briefing – Washington, DC December 20, 2016 –  http://www.state.gov/r/pa/prs/dpb/2016/12/265846.htm MR KIRBY: […] I will tell you, though, that the Secretary in his conversation with the foreign minister did raise his concerns about some of the rhetoric coming out of Turkey with respect to American involvement/support, tacit or …

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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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Vice President Biden’s Call with Prime Minister Binali Yildirim of Turkey

July 21, 2016 | The White House Office of the Vice President The Vice President spoke by phone today with Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim.  During the call, the Vice President reaffirmed the importance of the strategic relationship between the United States and Turkey, and reiterated the United States’ strong condemnation of last week’s attempted coup against …

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

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

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In regards‎ to Turkish media speculation about the U.S. Embassy’s notice to American citizens in Ankara, here are the facts

In regards‎ to Turkish media speculation about the U.S. Embassy’s notice to American citizens in Ankara, here are the facts: ‎ Last week, the U.S. Embassy became aware of threat information through a Turkish government warning circulating in social media. After ‎confirming the warning with Turkish authorities, Embassy issued a notice to all American citizens …

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

The White House Office of the Press Secretary For Immediate Release The United States condemns in the strongest terms today’s terrorist attack in Ankara, Turkey, which has taken innocent lives and injured scores.  Our thoughts and prayers go out to those killed and injured as well as to their loved ones.  This horrific act is …

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Statement from Secretary of Defense Ash Carter on the Bombing in Turkey

Secretary of Defense Ash Carter On behalf of the Department of Defense, I want to pass along my deepest condolences to the families of the victims of today’s bombing in Ankara. My thoughts remain with those injured in this senseless tragedy. We strongly condemn this cowardly attack which appears to have targeted buses carrying Turkish …

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Statement by National Security Council Spokesperson Ned Price on the Terrorist Attack in Turkey

THE WHITE HOUSE Office of the Press Secretary The United States condemns in the strongest terms the attack today in Ankara, Turkey.  Our thoughts and prayers are with the families and loved ones of all those who have been killed and with those injured, including members of the Turkish military.  We stand together with Turkey, …

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Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs Victoria Nuland‎’s Visit to Ankara, Turkey

On her October 20 visit to Ankara, Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs Victoria Nuland expressed ‎profound condolences to the people of Turkey for the grievous attacks of October 10, and underscored the United States’ solidarity in the face of the security threats Turkey faces. In me‎etings with‎ Presidential Spokesperson Ibrahim Kalin, …

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Statement by NSC Spokesperson Ned Price on Today’s Terrorist Attack in Ankara, Turkey

The White House Office of the Press Secretary The United States condemns in the strongest terms today’s horrific terrorist attack in Ankara, Turkey. The fact that this attack occurred ahead of a planned rally for peace underscores the depravity of those behind it and serves as another reminder of the need to confront shared security …

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Interview with Ipek Yezdani of Hürriyet and Special Envoy for the Human Rights of LGBTI Persons Randy Berry

Discrimination based on identity is a violation of human rights Hürriyet – İpek YEZDANİ U.S. State Department’s Special Envoy for the Human Rights of LGBTI Persons Randy Berry, traveled to Turkey last week and discussed LGBTI rights in Turkey with high-level government officials, municipalities, LGBTI representatives and representatives from the business world. Berry and I …

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Joint Statement from the Government of the Republic of Turkey and the Government of the United States

The United States has informed the Turkish government that the U.S. deployment of Patriot air and missile defense units in Turkey which expires in October will not be renewed beyond the end of the current rotation. Other relevant Allies have also been consulted. The U.S. Patriots have been in Turkey as part of a broader …

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U.S. Embassy Statement on Security Incident at the Consulate in Istanbul

The U.S. Consulate General in Istanbul was attacked by gunfire early this morning, August 10.  The Consulate was closed at the time and nobody was injured. The Consulate plans to reopen on August 11 to resume normal business.  U.S. Embassy Ankara remains open.  The Embassy is in contact with Turkish law enforcement and security officials …

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Country Report on Terrorism 2014 – Turkey

Overview: Largely because of the ongoing conflict in Syria, Turkey has voiced increasing concern about terrorist groups near its border, including Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), al-Nusrah Front, and other al-Qa’ida (AQ)-affiliated groups. Throughout 2014, Turkey served as a source and transit country for foreign terrorist fighters wishing to join these and other …

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U.S. Embassy Statement on a Media Report by Birgun Newspaper

Birgun newspaper’s claim yesterday (February 11, 2015) that the U.S. Ambassador John Bass sought a meeting with the paper is a misrepresentation of the facts.  There was no such request. Their claim to have rejected a meeting with the Ambassador is also, therefore, a work of fiction. The Press Attaché at the U.S. Consulate General …

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State Dept. Fact Sheet on Global Counterterrorism Forum

U.S. Department of State Bureau of Public Affairs Washington, D.C. December 16, 2014 Ten Things You Should Know About the Global Counterterrorism Forum The Global Counterterrorism Forum (GCTF) was created in 2011 to strengthen the international civilian architecture for addressing 21st century terrorism. Its primary objectives are to counter violent extremism and strengthen criminal justice …

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USAID’s Office of American Schools and Hospitals Abroad Announces Awards

Istanbul, Turkey – The U.S. Agency for International Development’s Office of American Schools and Hospitals Abroad (ASHA) announced three new grants to Turkish institutions to support construction projects and the purchase of equipment. The projects, located throughout Turkey, are funded through a competitive annual grant and directly support schools, libraries and medical centers outside the …

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Readout of the Vice President’s call with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan

Vice President Joe Biden spoke today with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to clarify recent comments made at Harvard University. The Vice President apologized for any implication that Turkey or other Allies and partners in the region had intentionally supplied or facilitated the growth of ISIL or other violent extremists in Syria. The Vice President …

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U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker Delivers Remarks at AmCham Turkey/ABFT 10th Anniversary Gala

Istanbul, Turkey – Today, U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker delivered remarks at the AmCham Turkey/ABFT 10th Anniversary gala. In her remarks, Secretary Pritzker addressed the need to enhance bilateral trade and  investment opportunities between Turkey and the U.S. Secretary Pritzker is in Istanbul, Turkey with a delegation of some of America’s top CEOs who are members …

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Readout of the President’s Call with Prime Minister Erdogan of Turkey

The President spoke today with Prime Minister Erdogan to congratulate him on his election as the 12th President of the Republic of Turkey and wish him well as he begins his term later this month. The President praised the Prime Minister’s speech on Sunday and noted that as Turkey’s first directly elected President, the Prime …

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Secretary Kerry’s Remarks with Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu and Qatari Foreign Minister Khalid al-Attiyah After Meeting

Remarks John Kerry Secretary of State U.S. Ambassador’s Residence Paris, France SECRETARY KERRY: I’m delighted to have a chance to be able to welcome my colleagues, the Foreign Minister of Turkey Ahmet Davutoglu and Foreign Minister of Qatar Khalid Attiyah, here to the American Embassy in Paris. And I’m going to say a couple of …

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Ambassador Francis J. Ricciardone’s Speech at 238th Independence Day Reception in Istanbul

İyi aksamlar Herkese, Sayın Vali; Sayın İstanbul Büyükşehir Belediye Başkanı; Sayın İstanbul Merkez Komutanı, Sayın Istanbul Jandarma Bölge Komutanı, Sayın İlçe Belediye Başkanları; Sayın Ekümenik Patriği, Sayın Hahambaşı, Sayın Süryani Ortodoks Metropoliti, ve Ermeni Patrik Vekili, diplomasi, kültür, akademi, medya, iş dünyası, siyaset ve sivil toplumu temsil eden değerli misafirlerimiz; my fellow Americans, diplomats, business people: It is a special pleasure …

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Remarks With Turkish Foreign Minister Davutoglu Before Their Meeting

Remarks John Kerry Secretary of State Brussels, Belgium SECRETARY KERRY: Turkey is such a key partner in so many ways, but particularly given what is happening in Syria and now in Iraq with ISIL and the participation that we’ve had. We have obviously some major issues to confront. And also, we’ve been talking about Cyprus …

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Readout of the Vice President’s Call with Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan

The Vice President spoke today with Turkish Prime Minister Recep TayyipErdogan to follow up on their June 11 conversation. The Vice President and Prime Minister discussed the danger to regional and international security posed by the Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL). They agreed on the urgent need to unite Iraqis and their leaders …

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Statement by Ambassador Samantha Power, U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations, on the Recent Violence in Mosul, Iraq

USUN PRESS RELEASE #133 AS DELIVERED The United States strongly condemns recent attacks by the Islamic State in Iraq and Levant (ISIL) in the city of Mosul, Iraq, which have broad security implications for the country.  In particular, we condemn the kidnappings of Iraqi citizens and Turkish Consulate personnel, their family members and other Turkish …

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Readout of the Vice President’s Call with Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan

The White House Office of the Vice President The Vice President spoke today with Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan regarding the security situation around Mosul, Iraq, where elements of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) have taken over significant portions of the city, seized the Turkish consulate, and taken Turkish personnel — including …

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My Tablet Speaks To Me

To provide autistic children with educational opportunities through technology in any environment, the U.S. Embassy and Tohum Autism Foundation developed the second Turkish-language computer application “My Child Speaks To Me.”  National Education MinisterNabi Avcı, U.S. Ambassador Francis Ricciardone and Tohum Austism Foundation Director Mine Narin will hold a press conference to discuss this project.  We …

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A/S Frantz Roundtable with Turkish Journalists on “The Role of an Independent Media in Civil Society”

The Consul General’s Residence Istanbul, Turkey MR. CONNELL: Good morning, everyone. I’m David Connell. I’m the information officer at the U.S. Consulate. Thank you for coming this morning to this on-the-record roundtable on the role of independent media in civil society with Assistant Secretary for Public Affairs Doug Frantz. Consul General Hunter would like to …

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Would You Like to Go to the U.S. This Summer? Summer Months May Be Too Late to Apply for a Visa!

The U.S. Embassy Ankara and Consulate General Istanbul would like to encourage all non-immigrant visa applicants to apply for their visas well in advance of the summer travel season. Currently the wait time for visa appointments at Embassy Ankara and Consulate General Istanbul is one week or less.  However we anticipate that wait times may …

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