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USDA Trade Mission Aims to Create Opportunities for U.S. Agriculture in Turkey

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today announced that Acting Deputy Secretary of Agriculture Michael Scuse is leading a mission to promote U.S. agricultural exports to Turkey, this week. Representatives from Iowa, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, and Pennsylvania, as well as 20 U.S. companies are participating. According to , Turkey has become an important market for U.S. food and agricultural products over the past decade with its rapidly developing economy and expanding middle class. During the mission, the USDA delegation will travel to Istanbul and Ankara to learn about Turkey’s rapidly evolving market conditions and business environment – information that will enable businesses to develop export strategies for Turkey. Companies attending the Turkey trade mission represent a wide variety of agricultural products including dry beans, fruit and nuts, agricultural machinery and more. 

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Psaki: The Secretary and Foreign Minister have a very positive working relationship

Department of State Spokesperson Jen Psaki discussed the June 4 phone conversation between Secretary John Kerry and Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu. Reiterating the positive working relationship between the two, Psaki said “they spoke quite a bit, of course, about Syria and moving forward. But they also talked about the Secretary’s concerns, ongoing concerns about the situation on the ground, and he also welcomed the update on efforts to calm the situation on the ground that some officials have called for.” The State Department continued to encourage calm and a peaceful resolution. Read the full excerpt below: 

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White House welcomes Deputy Prime Minister Arinc’s apology to protestors

White House Spokesperson Jay Carney reiterated importance of Turkey for the U.S., welcomed Deputy Prime Minister Bulent Arinc’s more conciliatory tone, and once again, urged all parties to refrain from violence on a press briefing on June 4. Read the full excerpt below: 

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State Department welcomes the efforts by President Gul and others to calm the situation

In regards to the ongoing protests in Turkey, Spokesperson Jen Psaki said the State Department “[welcomes] the efforts by President Gul and others to calm the situation. We’re hopeful that that will have an impact on the country and think that’s a positive step.” Psaki said in regards to the scheduled phone conversation between U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu that they would discuss a range of issues including Syria, but “the Secretary will also express his concerns about police actions in Turkey and some of the reports we’ve seen from on the ground.” Read the full excerpt below: 

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White House calls for an investigation of excessive use of violence in Turkey protests

White House Spokesperson Jay Carney answered questions in regards to the ongoing protests in Turkey on June 3. Carney reiterated the full support of the United States for full freedom of express and assembly, including right to peaceful protest, expressed that the U.S. concern over reports of excessive police violence, and called for an investigation of these events. Read the full excerpt below: