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February 24, 2015

    U.S. Relations With Turkey

    The U.S.-Turkey partnership is based on mutual interests and mutual respect and is focused on areas such as regional security and stability, as well as economic cooperation. The United States also stands in solidarity with Turkey in the fight against terrorism. Counterterrorism cooperation is a key element of our strategic partnership.

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  • U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter holds a press conference after meeting with senior commanders attending a regional security conference at Camp Arifjan, Kuwait, February 23.

    Defeating Daesh Takes Diplomatic, Military Effort

    Washington (Feb. 23): Dealing a lasting defeat to Daesh will require “a combined diplomatic and military effort,” Defense Secretary Ash Carter told reporters February 23 at Camp Arifjan, Kuwait, after he concluded a conference there with ambassadors and senior U.S. and regional military leaders.

  • Press Statement
Jen Psaki
Department Spokesperson
Washington, DC
February 24, 2015

    Recent Attacks on Civilians in Syria

    Jen Psaki (Feb. 24): "The United States condemns in the strongest possible terms ISIL’s attacks yesterday on predominantly Assyrian Christian villages in the northeast Syrian province of Hasakeh, where they kidnapped dozens of civilians, including women, children, priests, and the elderly."

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  • U.S. Defense Secretary Ashton Carter speaks to U.S. troops at Camp Arifjan, Kuwait, on February 23.

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    ‘Lasting Defeat’ Needed Against Daesh

    U.S. Defense Secretary Ashton Carter (Feb. 23): “If we are to have a defeat of [Daesh] ... it needs to be a lasting defeat,”

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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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Embassy Highlights

  • Two Conferences on English Language Teaching
    Two Conferences on English Language Teaching

    U.S. Embassy Turkey English Langauge Program section organized two conferences in Antalya on teaching English. American experts from Europe and the Middle East gathered and shared professional know-hows. Plus, those experts also intercated with their Turkish counterparts in the second part of the conference series. Watch the video interviews »

  • Canan Dagdeviren
    Canan Dagdeviren - An Inspiring Story

    In an interview done with the Fulbright Newsletter, Dr. Canan Dagdeviren, 2009 Fulbright Doctorate Grant Alumnus, shares her journey starting from her childhood years to her award winning academic career in this inspiring story. If you or loved ones are considering applying to Fulbright Programs, we strongly recommend you to read the full interview. Read the story »

  • Ambassador John 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."  

  • Jonathan Henick
    Embassy Speaker Program - Jonathan Henick

    Jonathan Henick, U.S. Embassy Turkey Public Affairs Officer, made a presentation at Ankara University’s Faculty of Communications on December 19th on the topic of “U.S. Public Diplomacy” and how public diplomacy works for foreign offices. Watch video »


  • Press Statement
John Kerry
Secretary of State
Washington, DC
February 23, 2015
    Special Envoy for the Human Rights of LGBT

    John Kerry (Feb. 23): "Too often, in too many countries, LGBT persons are threatened, jailed, and prosecuted because of who they are or who they love. Too many governments have proposed or enacted laws that aim to curb freedom of expression, association, religion, and peaceful protest."  Full text »

  • “We are not at war with Islam”
    “We are not at war with Islam”

    The White House (Feb. 18): “We are not at war with Islam,” President Obama told local, federal and international leaders at a three-day global summit. “We are at war with people who have perverted Islam.”  Full text »

  • Our Fight Against Violent Extremism
    Our Fight Against Violent Extremism

    Barack Obama (Feb. 17):"The United States has made significant gains against terrorism. We've decimated the core al Qaeda leadership, strengthened homeland security and worked to prevent another large-scale attack like 9/11."  Full text »

  • Training and Equipping the Syrian Opposition
    Training and Equipping the Syrian Opposition

    Jen Psaki (Feb. 17): " I can confirm that we have reached an agreement in principle with Turkey on training and equipping the Syrian opposition groups. As we have announced before, Turkey has agreed to be one of the regional hosts for the train and equip program for moderate Syrian opposition forces." 

  • Secretary of State John Kerry and Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson at the Summit on Countering Violent Extremism on February 18

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    Our Plan for Countering Violent Extremism

    John Kerry (Feb. 18):"Military force is a rational and often necessary response to the wanton slaughters of children, mass kidnappings of schoolgirls, and beheading of innocents."  Full text »

  • The WH Summit To Counter Violent Extremism
    The WH Summit To Counter Violent Extremism

    This week, the White House will host a Summit on Countering Violent Extremism to highlight domestic and international efforts to prevent violent extremism  Full text »

  • Media Note
Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
February 17, 2015
    Humanitarian Assistance for the Syrian Crisis

    (Feb. 17): The United States is providing an additional $125 million in humanitarian assistance to the UN World Food Program (WFP), which feeds nearly six million Syrians and refugees from Syria every month.  Full text »

  • U.S.-Turkey Economic Partnership
    U.S.-Turkey Economic Partnership

    The eleventh meeting of the U.S.-Turkey Economic Partnership Commission focused on exploring ways to expand bilateral trade and investment, identifying opportunities for commercial cooperation in third countries, and strengthening collaboration in science, technology, energy, and global health.  Full text »


    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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Story of Palazzo Corpi

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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. 

Consular Alerts


  • Teaching Excellence and Achievement Program (TEA)
    Teaching Excellence and Achievement Program (TEA)

    The U.S. Department of State and IREX announce an open competition for a program that will bring outstanding current secondary school, full-time English teachers, English as a Foreign Language (EFL) to the U.S. for a professional development opportunity. Application Deadline: May 1, 2015

  • Small Grants for LGBT Rights
    • U.S. Embassy is looking for applications for funding to administer small grants to bring additional attention and resources to LGBT rights issues through initiatives developed by local and national civil society organizations, including academic institutions and coalitions/networks. Application deadline is March 1, 2015.
  • The 2015 Alumni Engagement Innovation Fund
    The 2015 Alumni Engagement Innovation Fund Application Call
    The 2015 Alumni Engagement Innovation Fund launched on February 3, 2015! Current and past exchange program participants are invited
    to compete to win up to $25,000 in support of their public service projects! Does your project have what it takes to win? The extended deadline for application is February 25, 2015
  • The Legislative Cohort of Professional Fellows Program (PFP)-2015
    Professional Fellows Program (PFP) - 2015
    The Legislative Cohort of Professional Fellows Program (PFP) is sponsored by the U.S. State Department, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and initiated in 2005 under the auspices of the Legislative Education and Practice (LEAP) program. Young professionals from Turkey will have the opportunity to gain practical experience in, and exposure to, United States government. The deadline for application is April 15, 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.
  • Public Affairs
    This page is your source to finding information about grants administered through the U.S. Embassy in Ankara.
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