Statement by Spokesperson, Heather Nauert On the Commemoration of the Failed Coup Attempt in Turkey

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

July 13, 2018, 2018 Joint Statement On July 13, 2018, the Joint Working Group on Judicial and Legal Issues met in Ankara.  Turkish and American officials from all relevant Ministries and Departments came together and held substantial discussions on judicial and legal matters important to both sides. We look forward to progress on these issues. ...
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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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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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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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Ambassador John Bass’ Statement On The Suspension Of Visa Services In Turkey

October 9, 2017 Good afternoon. I want to convey to our Turkish friends and partners the reasons for the U.S. government’s decision to suspend non-immigrant visa services at our embassy and consulates in Turkey, and to explain what this suspension means. In the Embassy’s statement yesterday, we said we were suspending non-immigrant visa services.  The suspension ...
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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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Ambassador John Bass’ Comments to the Press During an Independence Day Celebration

U.S. Ambassador John Bass Comments to the Press During an Independence Day Celebration U.S. Ambassador’s Residence Ankara, Turkey – July 7, 2017  [Verbatim transcript]  Ambassador Bass: Arkadaşlar – iyi akşamlar, hoş geldiniz. Very good to have all you here again tonight. So, I just – I know you’re all working, so I wanted to take a ...
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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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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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President Trump Welcomes NATO Secretary General Stoltenberg

By DipNote Bloggers on April 12, 2017 Today President Donald J. Trump met with North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg at the White House to discuss strengthening the NATO Alliance, including its funding. In their meeting, the two leaders also discussed NATO’s role in addressing international challenges involving peace and security, counterterrorism, and the ...
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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Ambassador John Bass’s statement regarding the terror attack in Istanbul – June 7, 2016

John Bass, U.S. Ambassador to Turkey | June 7, 2016 Deeply saddened by the barbarous terror attack in Istanbul. Such senseless violence could never be rationalized by any cause. We wish speedy recovery to the injured and extend condolences to the family & friends of those who lost their lives. We condemn this heinous attack, ...
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Bass’s January 13 interview with Sabah newspaper – January 15, 2016

Published Janurary 15, 2016 Okan Müderrisoğlu:  (In Turkish) Thank you very much, sir, for giving us the opportunity for a second interview. Taking into consideration the limited time we have, I would like to start with questions right away. My colleague Mr. Unal will join with follow-up questions. Ambassador Bass: Of course. Okan Müderrisoğlu: (In ...
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Roundtable with Diplomatic Correspondents Association (DMD) – April 7, 2016

April 7, 2016 – 10:45 A.M. | Holiday Inn Hotel, Ankara   Ambassador Bass:  Çok teşekkürler. Arkadaşlar — hoşgeldiniz, merhabalar.  I’m really pleased to be here, as I always am when I get an opportunity to talk to and interact with members of your profession. I think you all know how strongly we feel about ...
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Readout of Vice President Biden’s Meeting with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey

THE WHITE HOUSE Office of the Vice President The Vice President met with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan today at the St. Regis hotel, where the two leaders reaffirmed the close alliance between the United States and Turkey.  The Vice President condemned the recent terrorist attacks in Ankara, Istanbul, and Diyarbakir Province, and offered his ...
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Readout of the President’s Meeting with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey

THE WHITE HOUSE Office of the Press Secretary President Obama this evening met with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey on the margins of the Nuclear Security Summit to discuss U.S.-Turkey cooperation on regional security, counterterrorism, and migration.  The President extended condolences to President Erdogan on behalf of the American people for those killed and ...
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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 The United States condemns in the strongest possible terms today’s terrorist attack in Istanbul, Turkey.  Two American citizens were among those killed in this heinous attack.  Our thoughts and prayers go out to the families and loved ones of those killed, and we wish ...
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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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Deputy Spokesperson Mark Toner: United States Condemns Terrorist Attack in Ankara, Turkey

Mark C. Toner Deputy Department Spokesperson Washington, DC United States Condemns Terrorist Attack in Ankara, Turkey The United States strongly condemns the terrorist attack on Turkish military personnel and civilians today in Ankara, Turkey. We extend our deepest condolences to the families of those killed, and we wish a quick recovery to those injured. We ...
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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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Readout of Vice President Biden’s Call with Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu of Turkey

The White House Office of the Vice President Yesterday, the Vice President spoke with Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu to address the deteriorating security and humanitarian situation in northern Syria, emphasizing the imperative for de-escalation in the area. The Vice President noted U.S. efforts to discourage Syrian Kurdish forces from exploiting current circumstances to seize ...
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Transcript: Dünya Daily Interview with Adam J. Szubin, Acting Under Secretary For Terrorism and Financial Intelligence of U.S. Department of the Treas

Dünya Bureau Chief Ferit Parlak: In a speech you made in London last December, you said Turkey should monitor its Syrian border better, you had this warning to Turkey. So, what can Turkey do more as a country that has already been affected negatively from security as well as economic aspect? Under Secretary Szubin: Well, ...
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Readout of Vice President Biden’s Meeting with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey

The White House Office of the Vice President Yesterday the Vice President met with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey in Istanbul. The Vice President reaffirmed the close alliance between the United States and Turkey, and the two leaders discussed ways to further deepen the cooperation in the campaign to degrade and destroy ISIL. The ...
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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 The President spoke today by phone with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to express his condemnation of, and offer condolences for, the January 12 terrorist attack in Istanbul. The two leaders pledged to deepen cooperation in the fight against terrorism and reiterated their shared goal of degrading ...
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Ambassador Bass’s interview with Sabah newspaper

January 15, 2016 Okan Müderrisoğlu:  (In Turkish) Thank you very much, sir, for giving us the opportunity for a second interview. Taking into consideration the limited time we have, I would like to start with questions right away. My colleague Mr. Unal will join with follow-up questions. Ambassador Bass: Of course. Okan Müderrisoğlu: (In Turkish) ...
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Readout of the President’s Calls with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu of Turkey

The White House Office of the Press Secretary For Immediate Release The President spoke separately today by phone with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu of Turkey to congratulate the Turkish people on the November 1 elections and to preview the upcoming G-20 Summit in Antalya, Turkey. The leaders discussed the situation in ...
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Statement by the President on Armenian Remembrance Day

This year we mark the centennial of the Meds Yeghern, the first mass atrocity of the 20th Century.  Beginning in 1915, the Armenian people of the Ottoman Empire were deported, massacred, and marched to their deaths.  Their culture and heritage in their ancient homeland were erased. Amid horrific violence that saw suffering on all sides, one ...
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Statement by NSC Spokesperson Bernadette Meehan on National Security Advisor Susan E. Rice’s Meeting with Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu

National Security Advisor Susan E. Rice met today with Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu of Turkey.  Ambassador Rice and the Minister discussed concrete ways to strengthen our cooperation against ISIL and foreign fighters and reviewed the train and equip program for vetted members of the moderate Syrian opposition.  Ambassador Rice encouraged the Minister to take concrete ...
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Special Presidential Envoy John Allen Meetings with Turkish Officials on Efforts to Counter ISIL

Statement by: Jen Psaki, Spokesperson Special Presidential Envoy John Allen and Deputy Special Presidential Envoy Brett McGurk held constructive and detailed talks with Turkish officials today in Ankara, including with Prime Minister Davutoglu and senior Ministry of Foreign Affairs officials. General Allen and Deputy Special Envoy McGurk discussed areas of cooperation across the multiple lines ...
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Readout of the President’s Call with Turkish President Erdogan

The White House Office of the Press Secretary The President called Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan last night to discuss Syria, particularly the situation in Kobani, and steps that could be taken to counter ISIL advances. The President expressed appreciation for Turkey hosting over a million refugees, including thousands from Kobani. The two leaders pledged ...
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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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