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Secretary Kerry and FM Davutoglu had a phone conversation over the weekend

Department of State Spokesperson Jen Psaki confirmed that Secretary of State John Kerry spoke with Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu on June 15. Although the call was focued on Syria, the ongoing protests in Turkey were also discussed. Psaki said “we remain focused on calling on all parties to ease tensions and to resolve the situation through dialogue, taking into account views from across the political spectrum. Read more

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Psaki: “We are confident” that Turkish protests didn’t affect the U.S.-Turkey relationship in terms of dialogue

In response to a question on whether she was confident the ongoing protests in Turkey affected U.S-Turkey relations, Spokesperson Jen Psaki responded “we are confident.” Read the full excerpt of the State Department’s Daily Press Briefing below:  Read more

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State Department encourages Turkish officials to “refrain from unhelpful rhetoric and unhelpful comments”

On June 6, Department of State Spokesperson Jen Psaki said on Turkey: “Our focus is continuing to urge calm in the country. A number of government officials have done that and we have seen and commended their efforts to do that. Read more

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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. Read more

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Vice President Biden expresses concern over Turkey protests at U.S.-Turkey conference

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The 32nd annual conference on U.S.-Turkey relations, hosted by the American-Turkish Council, took place in Washington, DC on June 2-5. This year the conference theme was “Partnership, Trade, and Investment – The Time is Now.” The conference addressed bilateral political relations, economic opportunities, as well as defense, pharmaceutical, and agriculture sectors. Read more