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  • Degrade and Destroy ISIL

    Degrade and Destroy ISIL

    The White House (July 6): President Obama provided an update on the U.S. mission to degrade and ultimately destroy the terrorist group, ISIL. Watch his remarks at the Pentagon here:

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  • Secretary Kerry Addresses International Press Corps During Break in Iranian Nuclear Negotiations in Austria (State Dept. Image)

    Iran Negotiations in Vienna

    Secretary Kerry (July 5): "I’ve said from the moment I became involved in this we want a good agreement, only a good agreement, and we’re not going to shave anywhere at the margins in order just to get an agreement."

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  • Independence Day Speech

    Independence Day Speech

    Ambassador Bass (July 2): "Welcome to our celebration of the 239th Independence Day of the United States. Holly Hanim and I are delighted to all of you here tonight in Ankara. I would like to welcome Volkan Bozkir, Minister of European Union Affairs as our guest of honor."

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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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Obama Pledges to Degrade, Destroy ISIL




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  • Press Statement
John Kerry
Secretary of State
Washington, DC
July 1, 2015
    Climate Change

    Secretary Kerry (July 1): "Leaders from around the world are signaling loud and clear that taking action to address climate change is a top priority."   Full text »

  • Preventing Violent Extremism
    Preventing Violent Extremism

    Robert Berschinski (June 30): "We seek to prevent violent extremism, it is in governments' best interest to empower non-governmental organizations and other citizens--youth, women, faith leaders, and victims among them."  Full text »

  • 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.  Full text »

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."  Full text »

Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, D.C.
June 26, 2015
    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."  Full text »

  • 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.  Full text »

  • 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.   Full text »

  • 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

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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 »


  • 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 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.

Ambassador John Bass - Independence Day 2015


  • Update July 6, 2015
    All consular systems and email at Consulate General Istanbul are currently inoperable.

    We are working to correct the situation as quickly as possible. All persons with visa or American Citizen Services appointments on July 6, 7, and 8 should follow the guidance below. For emergency U.S. citizen services please contact us via phone at +90-212-335-9000.

    Visa applicants should contact the call center  at +90 850 390 2802 or +90 850 252 6355 to reschedule their appointments. At this time, only appointments at the US Embassy in Ankara are available. The Embassy has set aside special appointment to assist Istanbul applicants affected by this problem. 

    July 6, 7, and 8  American Citizen Service Appointments

    All American Citizen Services appointments will be rescheduled by email once services resume. For emergency passports, Consular Reports of Birth Abroad, and notarial services, please schedule an appointment through the U.S. Embassy in Ankara via their website:

  • 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

    +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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