Readout of President Obama’s Call with Prime Minister Erdogan of Turkey
President Obama spoke by phone on June 24 with Prime Minister Erdogan of Turkey. The President and Prime Minister discussed developments in Syria, including the regime’s use of chemical weapons against its own people, our shared commitment to pursuing a political solution, the need to provide additional support to the Syrian Coalition and the Supreme Military Council to improve their effectiveness, and the importance of close bilateral cooperation on contingency planning and counterterrorism efforts. The Prime Minister also described the situation in Turkey. The two leaders discussed the importance of nonviolence and of the rights to free expression and assembly and a free press.
2012 Country Reports on Terrorism: Turkey
The U.S. Department of State submitted the “Country Reports on Terrorism 2012” to the Congress on May 30, 2013. According to the State Department press release, the most noteworthy counterterrorism developments of 2012 were: a marked resurgence of Iran’s state sponsorship of terrorism; weakening of al-Qa’ida (AQ) core in Pakistan; growing independence of AQ affiliates due to leadership losses; increasingly decentralized and geographically dispersed terrorist threat; heavy concentration of terrorist threat in Pakistan, Iraq and Afghanistan. According to the report, Turkey experienced a spike in terrorist attacks, rising from 40 in 2010 to 91 in 2011. Together, Russia and Turkey suffered almost 70 percent of all 2011 terrorism related deaths in Europe and Eurasia. Below are the sections on Turkey, the PKK, and the DHKP/C:
White House Fact Sheet: U.S.-Turkey Partnership
The White House released the “U.S.-Turkey Partnership” fact sheet on May 16 with Prime Minister Erdogan’s Washington visit. Below you can find the full text (see also “U.S.-Turkey Economic Partnership“). Fact Sheet: U.S.-Turkey Partnership The United States and Turkey share a strong partnership and friendship, rooted in common values and strategic interests, and reinforced by the enduring links between the people of both countries. The United States is firmly committed to broadening and deepening this partnership, and together we have taken great strides in recent years. A shared vision for how to advance bilateral, regional, and global issues continues to drive the United States and Turkey ever closer. The vital people-to-people connections that thrive across an extensive range of sectors and topics ensure this relationship continues to modernize and advance. Following are key areas of this important partnership.
Background Briefing: En Route to Turkey
Below is the State Department transcript for the background briefing of Secretary Kerry’s trip to Turkey.