Psaki: The U.S. endorses “calls for a full investigation”
Department of State Spokesperson Jen Psaki commented on Turkey’s Gezi Park protests and on June 3. Psaki said “Our assessment is that the vast majority of the protesters have been peaceful, law abiding, ordinary citizens exercising their rights. We are concerned about – which you heard the Secretary say this morning – the excessive use of force by police in several instances, and endorse calls for a full investigation. And we condemn attempts by any party to provoke violence.” Read the full excerpt below:
U.S-Turkey relations, in a special moment, says U.S. Assistant Secretary of State
Assistant Secretary Fernandez traveled to Ankara from May 22-24, leading a U.S. delegation to the 10th U.S.–Turkey Economic Partnership Commission (EPC) meeting. The EPC serves to advance the United States strong and growing economic partnership with Turkey on entrepreneurship, innovation, intellectual property rights, trade, and investment. Below are excerpts from the Anadolu Agency report. Ambassador Mehmet Tugrul Gucuk, Deputy Undersecretary for Economic Affairs of the Ministry of Turkish Foreign Affairs and the United States Assistant Secretary of State for Economic and Business Affairs Jose W. Fernandez held a press conference on Thursday after the tenth Turkey-U.S. Economic Partnership Commission (EPC) meeting. Amb. Gucuk said “we discussed a wide range of issues related to energy, trade, investment, infrastructure, sectoral cooperation opportunities for cooperation with third countries and have shown our commitment to increase the trade volume between Turkey and United States.” “We decided to meet twice in a year and this autumn, we decided to meet again” Gucuk added.
U.S.–Turkey Smart Grid Workshop: Partnering to Power the Future
The U.S. Trade and Development Agency (USTDA) sponsored a two-day workshop February 12-13, 2013 in Istanbul, Turkey to foster U.S. – Turkey partnerships for state-of-the-art electricity transmission and distribution projects throughout Turkey. The event highlighted smart grid projects and initiatives, U.S. smart grid technologies, and the regulatory frameworks, standards, and financing mechanisms available to support them. Participating delegates represented public and private sector stakeholders responsible for the future development of the Turkish power sector, allowing for U.S. companies providing equipment and services to the power sector to learn about upcoming opportunities in Turkey and connect with the senior decision makers.