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The United States will remain an ally of Turkey in tense times as in normal times, U.S. Ambassador to Ankara Francis Ricciardone said on June 19.

“We are a friend and an ally of Turkey. We are allies in tense times as well as in less tense times. We consider Turkey’s power important,” Ricciardone said, following his meeting with Yalçın Akdoğan, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s adviser, in the headquarters of the Justice and Development Party (AKP) in Ankara. 

“We value common interests as partners. We value the democratic, growing and dynamic economy of Turkey,” he told reporters. “I believe that our relations are still strong and healthy and it will continue as so. We trust in Turkish democracy.”

Even though Riccardione didn’t directly mention the Gezi Park protests, he said that the United States did not intervene in “your internal matters.” “We will continue to be beside you,” he stressed.

June/19/2013

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young genius

6/20/2013 4:26:38 AM

What do you expect? The U.S. sets up dictators and supports them. No surprise here. Wasn't the Shah of Iran and Saddam Hussein supported by the U.S. once?

mara mcglothin

6/20/2013 1:31:17 AM

GEIR So your not, but see other comments on this page! You obviously missed the memo that the USA is the root of all the evil in the World, which I constantly read on these pages. As a 30 year bride of one of the Turkish American of which you speak, people don't often understand my comments on Turkey. While others conside me America, I see myself as a Turkish bride and am extremely proud to have had the privilege of marrying my husband and coming to love Turkey as I have.

cezer "çapulcu" skonore

6/19/2013 11:55:32 PM

Köksüz Kosmopolit: "We trust in Turkish democracy" means it needs a lot of work.

Murun Buchstansangur

6/19/2013 11:52:15 PM

Shameless!

andrea dealmagro

6/19/2013 10:08:24 PM

The last period when the United States had a foreign policy of principle was during president Carter. He made mistakes but pushed human rights like no other president. After him, it has been one weasel after the other. That is why we have had, and still have, so many problems. With all its shortcomings, the European Union is the only beam of light out there today.

K M

6/19/2013 9:58:49 PM

I'm here, mara, and I'm writing & calling the White House regularly.

Geir Fugleberg

6/19/2013 9:06:07 PM

Mara,-why do you say such things,I am certainly not a US hater,I love your country,and I know its a special place.for better and worse,in may opinion mostly for better. A Manhattan weekend is like another world for somebody living in Turkey,thats your Legacy!! Look at what US turks are doing and what they write,when they march to the white house with the DCPC leading them through the trafic,- THATS AMERICA TO ME!!!!

Selim Bisevac

6/19/2013 8:58:24 PM

This demonstrates the AKP power and the strength of the Turkish nation. Well done Erdogan you are indeed the best leader this country has seen. The EU would welcome Turkey if they converted to Christianity I am sure.

K M

6/19/2013 8:03:38 PM

Cilgin, it's not Frank's problem; it's his boss (not Kerry, either; his boss)

Ryan James

6/19/2013 7:44:12 PM

disgusting
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