Kerry to Israel, Turkey in bid to boost peace process, solidify ties
By: Elise Labott / CNN Secretary of State John Kerry will travel to Israel and Turkey this weekend to try to jumpstart the long-stalled Mideast peace process and build on the two nations’ efforts to repair ties, U.S. and Turkish officials said Wednesday. Kerry moved up his Monday departure for London and then South Korea, China and Japan in order to capitalize on the reconciliation President Barack Obama brokered between Turkey and Israel during his visit to the region last month, according to the officials, who spoke on anonymity because the trip had not been announced. He will also discuss the crisis in Syria.
Kerry and Davutoglu discussed latest developments in mideast
By: Anadolu Agency Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu held a phone conversation with his US counterpart John Kerry. Diplomatic sources said that the phone conversation took place at the request of John Kerry. Kerry conveyed his thoughts to Davutoglu on his recent tour in the Middle East. The two officials discussed the latest developments in the region.
Why Turkey Belongs to Transatlantic Economy
This article first appeared in The Hill, on March 12, 2013. Read the original version here. By: Bahadir Kaleagasi, TUSIAD International Coordinator & Representative to the EU; Baris Ornarli, TUSIAD Washington Representative At the President’s Export Council meeting on Tuesday, President Barack Obama reiterated the importance of achieving a U.S.–EU free trade agreement. He said, “Europe is our largest trading partner – the EU as a whole – and we think that we can expand that even further.” The need to expand the economic partnership was conveyed to Secretary of State John Kerry during his trip to Turkey two weeks ago. Turkey’s Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said that the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership “is of crucial significance for Turkey,” and that he and Secretary Kerry spoke about the free trade agreement that was announced by President Obama in his State of the Union address in February. “We believe that Turkey needs to play a significant role in that structure,” Foreign Minister Davutoglu said. Secretary Kerry confirmed that they had reached an understanding on this issue: “The Foreign Minister and I talked about ways in which we can grow our significant economic partnership. He mentioned… the Transatlantic Investment Trade Partnership. This is a huge opportunity for all of Europe, for all of us… And I know the Foreign Minister looks forward to working with me, and we actually arrived at an understanding of a couple of ways in which we intend to continue to do that.”
Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu and Secretary John Kerry give remarks at joint press conference
Secretary John Kerry met with Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu on March 1, 2013. Below is the transcript from the press conference following their meeting.
Memorial Ceremony in Honor of Embassy Guard Mustafa Akarsu
Secretary Kerry gave remarks in honor of Mustafa Akarsu, the embassy guard who lost his life as a result of the bomb attack last month. Below is the full transcript of Secretary Kerry’s speech.