Former US top diplomat calls for continuation of reforms in Turkey
ISTANBUL – Hürriyet Daily News
Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright attends the Annual Freedom Award Benefit Event hosted by the International Rescue Committee at the Waldorf-Astoria in New York November 6, 2013. REUTERS photoFormer U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright called on Turkey to show the world that the country’s democratic journey was moving forward.
Talking at the Atlantic Council Energy and Economic Summit Nov. 22, Albright said the U.S. and Turkey have had their share of disappointments. “It is no secret the U.S. is concerned with press freedom in Turkey,” said Albright, adding Turkey’s initial decision to choose a Chinese company for a new anti-missile defense system was on the list of U.S. disappointments.
Turkey on the other hand is disappointed with U.S. policies on Syria as well as Arab Spring countries, according to Albright.
Despite reciprocal disappointments, the U.S. and Turkey shared key values, said Albright, adding that supporting democratic institutions and ideals should continue and the U.S. and Turkey should set examples with their open and diverse societies.
Recalling that there were three upcoming elections in Turkey, Albright said, now was the time for Turkey to consolidate democratic reforms and inspire other countries with democratic aspirations.