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  • Same-sex marriage is a right

    Same-sex marriage is a right

    U.S. Supreme Court decision ensuring a nationwide right to same-sex marriage marks a significant milestone on the path to equal rights for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) Americans. The ruling shows that a shift in hearts and minds is possible, President Obama said.

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  • THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
Washington, D.C.
June 26, 2015

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    Obama on Supreme Court Decision

    Barack Obama (June 26): "the Supreme Court recognized that the Constitution guarantees marriage equality. In doing so, they’ve reaffirmed that all Americans are entitled to the equal protection of the law."

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  • U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE
Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, D.C.
June 26, 2015

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    Kerry on Supreme Court Decision

    John Kerry (June 26): "Today, by making marriage equality the law of the land, the Supreme Court reaffirmed one of our founding principles – and our highest ideal – that we are all created equal."

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  • Live Updates on #LoveWin

    Live Updates on #LoveWin

    Live Updates on #LoveWins: In a 5-4 decision in Obergefell v. Hodges, the Supreme Court took a huge step forward in our progress toward a more perfect union.

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  • Secretary John Kerry releases the 2014 Country Reports on Human Rights  2014

    2014 Country Reports on Human Rights

    Secretary Kerry released the State Department’s 39th annual Human Rights Reports, a comprehensive review of human rights conditions in 199 countries and territories around the world.

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  • Assistance to Respond to Syria Crisis
New U.S. Humanitarian Assistance to Respond to Syria Crisis


Fact Sheet
Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
June 25, 2015

    Humanitarian Assistance to Respond to Syria

    JUNE 25: The United States today announced more than $360 million in additional life-saving assistance for those affected by the war in Syria.

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Ambassador's Ramadan Message


LGBT Pride Month | June 2015

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A trail of smoke is seen as a rocket is launched from the Palestinian Gaza Strip towards southern Israel (Jack Guez/AFP).

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Syria

SYRIA

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Obama Pledges to Degrade, Destroy ISIL

TERRORISM/ISIL


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  • Remarks
John Kerry
Secretary of State
Chinese State Councilor Yang Jiechi
Washington, DC
June 24, 2015
    Strategic Partnership with China

    John Kerry (June 24): "We’re breaking new ground with respect to China and the United States’s ability to find an area where we can cooperate, which has major significance for not just our two nations, but for people everywhere."  Full text »

  • President Barack Obama hosts an Iftar dinner celebrating Ramadan in the East Room of the White House, June 22, 2015. (Official White House Photo by Lawrence Jackson)
    President Obama Hosts a Ramadan Iftar

    President Obama hosted an Iftar dinner celebrating the Muslim holy month of Ramadan at the White House. Speaking at the dinner, President Obama said that the annual Iftar was a reminder that "whatever our faith, we're all one family."  Full text »

  • Ambassador Kaidanow
    Country Reports on Terrorism 2014 - Turkey

    Ambassador Kaidanow: "Country Reports on Terrorism 2014 fulfills an important congressional mandate and provides us with an opportunity to review the state of terrorism worldwide and define the nature and the scope of the terrorist threat."   Full text »

  • The President's Statement on Ramadan
    The President's Statement on Ramadan

    Barack Obama (June 17): "As the new crescent moon brings in the holy month of Ramadan, Michelle and I send our warmest greetings to all those observing the month of fasting in the United States and around the world."  Full text »

  • Press Statement
John Kerry
Secretary of State
Washington, DC
June 17, 2015
    John Kerry on Ramadan

    Secretary Kerry (June 17): "For Muslims everywhere, this special month provides spiritual nourishment and reinforces appreciation for the universal value -- and values -- of humanity." Full Text»  Full text »

  • Press Statement
John Kerry
Secretary of State
Washington, DC
June 18, 2015
    World Refugee Day

    Secretary Kerry (June 18): "World Refugee Day, marked on June 20, is a time to honor those who flee violence and persecution and those who help them on their journey."  

  • An F-15C Eagle from the 493rd Fighter Squadron, Royal Air Force Lakenheath, England, takes off as a Pakistan Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcon taxis to the runway during Anatolian Eagle 15 at 3rd Main Jet Base, Turkey, June 8, 2015. Anatolian Eagle is a two-week flying training exercise involving U.S. Air Forces in Europe units and multiple NATO partners. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Eric Burks/Released)
    Anatolian Eagle 15

    6/9/2015 - KONYA, Turkey -- Anatolian Eagle 15, a flying training exercise involving U.S. Air Forces in Europe units and multiple NATO partners, kicked off at the 3rd Main Jet Base, June 8,  Full text »

  • Posted by Sheba Crocker
June 10, 2015
    Cultural Heritage

    Assistant Secretary Crocker (June 10): "Extremist groups are destroying and looting irreplaceable cultural property in order to intimidate and humiliate populations, and looted artifacts have become a significant source of income for terrorist groups such as ISIL."  Full text »

  • Posted by Sarah Fox
June 12, 2015
    Combatting Child Labor

    Special Representative Fox (June 12): "The global community commemorates World Day Against Child Labor with a focus on the essential role of education in combating child labor."  Full text »

  • THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
Washington, D.C
June 10, 2015

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    New Steps to Counter ISIL

    Ben Rhodes (June 10): "We've been pursuing a strategy since last year to degrade and ultimately destroy ISIL, focusing on efforts within Iraq and Syria, in particular, to degrade ISIL, to push it out of areas that it had claimed"  Full text »

  • THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Vice President
Washington, D.C.
June 10, 2015
    Meeting with Ukrainian PM Yatsenyuk

    The White House (June 10): "Vice President Joe Biden met today at the White House with Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk to discuss Ukraine’s reform agenda and the implementation of the Minsk agreements."  Full text »

  • Jeff Rathke
Director, Press Office
Daily Press Briefing
Washington, DC
June 8, 2015
    Daily Press Briefing: Turkey

    Director Rathke (June 8): "The United States looks forward to working with the newly elected parliament and with the future government. As a friend and NATO ally, we are committed to continuing our close political, economic, and security cooperation."   Full text »

RECENT REPORTS

  • Release of Country Reports on Terrorism 2014 by Ambassador Kaidanow June 19, 2015
    Country Reports on Terrorism 2014

    U.S. law requires the Secretary of State to provide Congress, a full and complete report on terrorism with regard to those countries and groups meeting criteria set forth in the legislation. This annual report is entitled Country Reports on Terrorism.  Turkey »

  • 2014 TIP Report
    Trafficking in Persons Report 2014

    The Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Report is the U.S. Government's principal diplomatic tool to engage foreign governments on human trafficking. Turkey »

Ambassador

  • Ambassador John R. Bass
    John Bass, U.S. Ambassador to Turkey

    John Bass was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on September 17, 2014 as the U.S. Ambassador to Turkey. A career Senior Foreign Service officer, Ambassador Bass served as Executive Secretary from 2012 to 2014, and U.S. Ambassador to Georgia from 2009 to 2012.  Ambassador Bass began his diplomatic career in 1988 and has also served in positions in U.S. missions in Iraq, Italy, Belgium and Chad.

VISA

  • IMPORTANT NOTICE: Our visa processing systems have begun to be restored, and we now have capacity to print visas for applicants previously interviewed.  If your passport was returned to you without a visa due to the systems outage you may now send your passport back to our office for visa printing. 

    After your passports and/or missing documents are received, a consular officer will review your case again.  If everything is in order, your passport with visa will be sent to the PTT office which you chose. This process may take several additional days.

    We make every effort to issue visas approved as quickly as possible.  However due to systems issues, we may continue to experience delays printing visas in certain cases.  

    We apologize to applicants and recognize that this may cause hardship to applicants waiting for visas. 

  • U.S. Embassy Ankara is gradually resuming visa processing and will interview applicants as scheduled.  If your appointment  was canceled, please contact the call center to re-schedule your appointment. 

    The Embassy has made new appointment times available. We ask your patience as it may take additional time to print approved visas.

    Visa Information Service
    Monday thru Friday: between 7:00am-7:00pm

    Phone:
    +90 (850) 390 28 02 or +90 (850) 252 63 55
    Phone #2 (U.S. calls only): +1 (703) 439-2348

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