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:
Gül and Erdoğan congratulate Obama
President Abdullah Gül and Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan congratulated President Barack Obama on his election victory. In his congratulatory letter, Gül stressed that ties between Turkey and the U.S. have strengthened and stated, “we are determined to maintain the model partnership and positive nature of our relationship.” Pointing to the regional and global importance of bilateral relations between the two countries, Gül underlined the importance of their partnership for peace, stability, and security in regions such as Central Asia, North Africa, Caucasus, and Central and South Asia.
President Gul extends his condolences
Turkish President Abdullah Gul extended his condolences to President Barack Obama following hurricane Sandy. Gul said, “In the name of the Turkish people I extend to you – the people of our friend and ally, the United States – our heartfelt condolences.”