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    Obama on Anti-Semitism

    Barack Obama (Jan. 22): "Anti-Semitic attacks like the recent terrorist attack on a kosher supermarket in Paris pose a threat that extends beyond the Jewish community. They also threaten the values we hold dear -- pluralism, diversity, and the freedoms of religion and expression."

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  • Samantha Power, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations

    General Assembly Meeting on Anti-Semitism

    Samantha Power (Jan. 22): "Today we are taking a historic step by holding the first-ever meeting in the General Assembly on tackling this long-standing and growing problem. The United States is proud to have joined 36 other nations in calling for this meeting last October."

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  • Secretary of State John kerry

    We Can Do More to Protect Journalists

    John Kerry (Jan. 20): "The truth is that freedom of the press — whether symbolized by a pencil, a pen, a camera, or a microphone — is under siege, purposefully."

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  • President Barack Obama

    Use of Force Against ISIL

    Barack Oabama (Jan. 20): "“Instead of getting dragged into another ground war in the Middle East, we are leading a broad coalition, including Arab nations, to degrade and ultimately destroy this terrorist group.”

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  • Remarks With EU High Representative

    Remarks With EU High Representative

    Secretary Kerry (Jan. 21): "This year will be an important one for international action on climate change. I’m very pleased that the EU and the United States are increasingly aligned in pushing for meaningful commitments by states in advance of the December summit in Paris."

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Vehicles are seen burned on a street of the northern city of Mosul, Iraq, Thursday, June 12, 2014, after an attack by ISIL.



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  • State of the Union 2015
    President Obama's 2015 State of the Union Address

    President Barack Obama delivers his sixth State of the Union address, at the United States Capitol, January 20, 2015. Watch the speech.   Watch the speech »

  • State of the Union Behind the Scenes
    State of the Union Behind The Scenes

    Listen to President Obama talk about what it is like to give the State of the Union Address as well as his preview for what he will talk about in the speech. Remember to watch at The speech will be televised at 04:00 AM on January 20th in Turkey time.  Watch the video »

  • Martin Luther King Jr.
    Martin Luther King Jr. Day

    Today, we honor Martin Luther King Jr. and along with many others, who advocated for peaceful protest, the end of discrimination and inclusion of all.   Watch the video »

  • John R. Bass
    Martin Luther King Jr. and Hrant Dink: They Had A Dream

    John Bass (Jan. 20): "On January 19, the lives and tragic deaths of two men – Martin Luther King Jr. and Hrant Dink – were commemorated and honored in the United States and Turkey."   Full op-ed text »

  • Religious Freedom Day
    Religious Freedom Day

    President Obama (Jan. 15): "From many faiths and diverse beliefs, Americans are united by the ideals we cherish. Our shared values define who we are as a people and what we stand for as a Nation."  Full text »

  • Secretary John Kerry
    Ongoing Conflict in Syria

    Secretary Kerry (Jan. 14): "It is time for President Assad, the Assad regime to put their people first and to think about the consequences of their actions, which are attracting more and more terrorists to Syria, basically because of their efforts to remove Assad."  Full text »

    Meetings on U.S. Train and Equip Program

    As part of U.S. Central Command's efforts to implement the congressionally-approved train and equip program for the moderate Syrian opposition forces,officials met on Jan. 12-13 with a broad spectrum of Syrian opposition and civil society leaders in Istanbul, Turkey.  Full text »

  • White House Statement
    Summit on Countering Violent Extremism

    On February 18, 2015, the White House will host a Summit on Countering Violent Extremism to highlight domestic and international efforts to prevent violent extremists and their supporters from radicalizing, recruiting, or inspiring individuals or groups.  Full text »

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    Attack in France

    Following the attack at the office of Charlie Hebdo magazine in Paris, President Barack Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry condemned the attack and underscored U.S. solidarity with France, America's oldest ally.  Full text »

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    International Religious Freedom Report for 2013

    The annual Report to Congress on International Religious Freedom – the International Religious Freedom Report – describes the status of religious freedom in every country. The report covers government policies violating religious belief and practices of groups, religious denominations and individuals, and U.S. policies to promote religious freedom around the world.  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 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.

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    Palazzo Corpi, the former chancery of the U.S.Embassy in Istanbul and later the site of the consulate generalhere, has undergone major physical changes but remainsa tangible link to U.S. diplomatic history. 

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  • One Beat Music Exchange Fellowship Program – 2015
    OneBeat 2015 is open to musicians, who demonstrate both an advanced proficiency in their musical work, and an experience with or interest in developing ways to use music as a way to improve their communities. The deadline for appilcation is February 14, 2015. 
  • Atlas Corps Professional Fellowship
    Atlas Corps Professional Fellowship
    The U.S. Department of State is pleased to announce a special opportunity for emerging civil society leaders to participate in a 6-18 month professional fellowship in the United States.
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    This page is your source to finding information about grants administered through the U.S. Embassy in Ankara.
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