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  • President Obama Names New Ambassador to Turkey
    President Obama Names New Ambassador to Turkey

    December 29, 2010 - President Obama announced the appointment of the new U.S. Ambassador to Turkey along with other appointments to key administration posts that have been left vacant for an extended period of time. The new Ambassador to the Republic of Turkey is Francis J. Ricciardone. 

  • Merry Christmas from the President & First Lady
    Merry Christmas from the President & First Lady

    December 25, 2010 - President Obama and the First Lady wish families across the country a “Merry Christmas” and encourage everyone to support the troops and their families this holiday season. Visit www.serve.gov to find ideas for what you can do to help our servicemen and women and their families.  

  • American Students Celebrate Turkish Folk Dance
    American Students Celebrate Turkish Folk Dance

    December 23, 2010 - Three young Americans are having a "home stay" experience in Trabzon where they are learning Turkish, attending high school and becoming acquainted with Turkish culture, history and traditions. Recently, they performed the ”horon” – a folk dance peculiar to northern Turkey - for visiting Deputy Assistant Secretary...  

  • President Obama: US-Turkish Relations 'Resilient'
    President Obama: US-Turkish Relations 'Resilient'

    December 19, 2010 - President Obama answered questions from Hurriyet on a range of issues from the shift of axis in Turkish-US relations to Iran, freedom of religion in Turkey, the Kurdish initiative and the Israel crisis. The President noted that US-Turkey relations, now more important than ever, have a strong structure.  

  • Obama: Progress in Afghanistan, But Gains Fragile
    Obama: Progress in Afghanistan, But Gains Fragile

    December 16, 2010 - (VOA) - In the review of U.S. strategy in Afghanistan and Pakistan he announced on Thursday, President Barack Obama pointed to progress in Afghanistan, and cooperative efforts with neighboring Pakistan, in the fight against al-Qaida and its extremist allies. In the 24 hours before the formal release of the review, Obama spoke with Afghanistan's...  

  • Statement from the President on Richard Holbrooke
    Statement from the President on Richard Holbrooke

    December 13, 2010 - Michelle and I are deeply saddened by the passing of Richard Holbrooke, a true giant of American foreign policy who has made America stronger, safer, and more respected. He was a truly unique figure who will be remembered for his tireless diplomacy, love of country, and pursuit of peace. For nearly 50 years, Richard served the country he loved...  

  • President Obama’s call to Prime Minister Erdogan of Turkey
    President Obama’s call to Prime Minister Erdogan of Turkey

    December 11, 2010 - This morning President Obama called Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey. The leaders discussed the enduring importance of the U.S.-Turkish partnership and affirmed their commitment to work together on a broad range of issues. The President expressed his regrets for the deplorable action by Wikileaks and the two leaders agreed that it...  

  • US Official Silliman Negates Wikileak Doubts
    US Official Silliman Negates Wikileak Doubts

    December 10, 2010 - Doug Silliman, the US Charge d' Affairs who now leads the US Mission in Turkey, put rumors to rest about Wikileaks and Turkey-Israel developments in candid remarks on December 10 to Turkish businessmen meeting in Ankara and during an exclusive interview with all news channel "NTV."  

  • Envoy Says “US Won't Give Up Bid for Middle East Peace”
    Envoy Says “US Won't Give Up Bid for Middle East Peace”

    December 9, 2010 - In his first official visit to Turkey, U.S. Special Envoy to the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC) Rashad Hussain met with President Gul and other officials to discuss Turkey’s OIC agenda. As Special Envoy to the OIC, Mr. Hussain seeks to deepen and expand the partnerships that the United States has pursued with Muslims around the...  

  • The FCS Roadshow Puts US-Turkey Business on the Road
    The FCS Roadshow Puts US-Turkey Business on the Road

    December 9, 2010 - The U.S. Commercial Service in Turkey, in cooperation with the Export-Import Bank of the United States, the Overseas Private Investment Corporation, and the U.S. Trade and Development Agency, conducted a series of seminars to support trade and project finance in U.S.-Turkish business partnerships. The first seminars took place in ASO...  

  • Trade and Project Finance Seminars
    Trade and Project Finance Seminars

    December 9-14, 2010 - The U.S. Commercial Service in Turkey, in cooperation with the Export-Import Bank of the United States, the Overseas Private Investment Corporation, and the U.S. Trade and Development Agency, is pleased to announce a series of seminars to support trade and project finance in U.S.-Turkish business partnerships. In collaboration with seven Turkish...  

  • U.S. Special Envoy to OIC Hussain Visits Turkey
    U.S. Special Envoy to OIC Hussain Visits Turkey

    December 7, 2010 - U.S. Special Envoy to the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC), Rashad Hussain, will visit Turkey on December 8-10 to meet with Turkish officials and discuss Turkey’s OIC agenda. As Special Envoy to the OIC, Mr. Hussain seeks to deepen and expand the partnerships that the United States has pursued with Muslims around the world as stated in ... 

  • ‘Identity issue hardest challenge for young Muslims’
    ‘Identity issue hardest challenge for young Muslims’

    Dcember 5, 2010 - Interview featured in Today’s Zaman with the US State Department’s Special Representative to Muslim Communities Farah Pandith: What does it mean to be modern and Muslim? The US State Department’s Special Representative to Muslim Communities Farah Pandith says this is the question she has heard...  

  • Record Number of Turks Studying at U.S. Universities
    Record Number of Turks Studying at U.S. Universities

    December 2, 2010 - New data from Open Doors 2010 was released on November 15. IIE held a briefing at the National Press Club in Washington, DC, with the U.S. Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, to discuss new statistics and trends. The number of international students at colleges and universities in the United States increased by ...  

  • Charge d' Affaires Doug Silliman on WikiLeaks
    Charge d' Affaires Doug Silliman on WikiLeaks

    November 30, 2010 - Charge d' Affaires Doug Silliman echoed the Secretary's WikiLeaks remarks on primetime TV Kanal D and all-news broadcaster CNN Turk on November 30. In a discussion with anchorman Mehmet Ali Birand, Silliman declined comment on individual cables, but said the US was "outraged by the illegal releases by WikiLeaks" and..  

  • Remarks with Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu
    Remarks with Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu

    November 29, 2010 - Secretary Clinton: Well, I am delighted once again to welcome both a colleague and a friend here to the State Department. The foreign minister and I have worked closely together during the last, now, 22 months. And I am very pleased that he can be here once again for us to discuss a range of issues.  

  • Secretary Clinton on Wikileaks
    Secretary Clinton on Wikileaks

    November 29, 2010 SECRETARY CLINTON: Well, good afternoon. Do we have enough room in here? I want to take a moment to discuss the recent news reports of classified documents that were illegally provided from United States Government computers. In my conversations with counterparts from around the world over the past few days, and in my meeting earlier today...  

  • Ambassador Daniel Benjamin to Visit Turkey
    Ambassador Daniel Benjamin to Visit Turkey

    November 29, 2010 - Ambassador Daniel Benjamin, Coordinator for Counterterrorism at the US State Department, is visiting Turkey November 29 and 30 for bilateral discussions on counterterrorism issues and U.S.-Turkey counterterrorism cooperation. He is leading an interagency delegation including representatives of the Defense, Justice and Treasury Departments...  

  • White House Statement on Wikileaks
    White House Statement on Wikileaks

    November 28, 2010 - We anticipate the release of what are claimed to be several hundred thousand classified State department cables on Sunday night that detail private diplomatic discussions with foreign governments. By its very nature, field reporting to Washington is candid and often incomplete information. It is not an expression of policy, nor does it always...  

  • What NATO Means for Us (Video)
    What NATO Means for Us (Video)

    November 2010 - NATO countries have produced short videos on what membership of NATO means to them and their citizens. Take a look at "What NATO means for us" produced by the United States of America and Turkey. View from the United States: http://tinyurl.com/2wp5oky | View from Turkey: http://tinyurl.com/3yd2kyr  

  • Thanksgiving Day, 2010 - A Proclamation by the President
    Thanksgiving Day, 2010 - A Proclamation by the President

    November 23, 2010 - A beloved American tradition, Thanksgiving Day offers us the opportunity to focus our thoughts on the grace that has been extended to our people and our country. This spirit brought together the newly arrived Pilgrims and the Wampanoag tribe -- who had been living and thriving around Plymouth, Massachusetts for thousands of years ...  

  • Thanksgiving with the Sillimans
    Thanksgiving with the Sillimans

    November 22, 2010 - Chargé d'Affaires Doug Silliman, Catherine Silliman and their two sons opened their door to Turkish television channel “Kanal D” for a traditional American Thanksgiving, demonstrating family recipes for such American classics as peppered corn bread, Indian pudding and – of course – stuffing for the turkey.  

  • ‘Hearing Prayers on the Street is a Privilege’
    ‘Hearing Prayers on the Street is a Privilege’

    November 21, 2010 - Zaman, one of the biggest papers in Turkey, profiled American Abed Zaman Bhuyan, a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant (ETA) now teaching English in Gaziantep, Turkey. Bhuyan is one of the 53 young Americans who come to Turkey in a joint program of the Fulbright Commission and YOK (Turkish Council of Higher Education). The ETAs work in English...  

  • Europe and America—Aligned for the Future
    Europe and America—Aligned for the Future

    November 19, 2010 - Op-Ed by President Barack Obama: "With no other region does the United States have such a close alignment of values, interests, capabilities and goals. With the largest economic relationship in the world, trans-Atlantic trade supports millions of jobs in the United States and Europe..."  

  • Statement by the President on Hajj and Eid-ul-Adha
    Statement by the President on Hajj and Eid-ul-Adha

    November 15, 2010 - Michelle and I extend our greetings for a happy Eid-ul-Adha to Muslims worldwide and wish safe travels to those performing Hajj. This year, nearly three million pilgrims from more than 160 countries - including the United States - have gathered in Mecca and neighboring sites to perform the Hajj rituals and stand together in prayer.