US envoy reiterates support for ‘peace process ’

US envoy reiterates support for ‘peace process ’

US envoy reiterates support for ‘peace process ’

John Bass (R) pays an official visit to southeastern province of Diyarbakır. AA Photo

U.S. Ambassador to Turkey John Bass has repeated that his country attaches importance and lends support to Turkey’s ongoing peace process aiming to end the three-decade old Kurdish insurgency.

“Peace will contribute to the region. We place importance on the peace process and lend support to it,” Anadolu Agency quoted Bass as saying on March 9.

Citing the cultural diversity in the southeastern province of Diyarbakır, Bass said abandoning arms would attract a lot of people and stimulate tourism in the area.

“These things depend on there being a non-conflict situation and peace. So I think the peace process is good for the future,” he added.

Ambassador Bass also expressed his appreciation for the Turkey’s efforts to provide for Syrian refugees on its territory.

“The U.S. government is working in close cooperation with the Turkish government to provide facilities for Syrian refugees,” he said, hailing Ankara’s “generosity.”