The Situation in Turkey

Posted by DipNote Bloggers
July 15, 2016
Tank surrounded by people in Ankara, Turkey

The U.S. Embassy in Ankara, Turkey informs U.S. citizens that shots fired and explosions have been heard in Ankara and both bridges in Istanbul, the Bosphorous and Fatih Sultan Mehmet, are now closed.  Martial law and a curfew have been imposed in Turkey.  All flights at Ataturk Istanbul Airport have been suspended.  U.S. citizens in Turkey should shelter in place and stay indoors; we urge U.S. citizens to contact family and friends to let them know you are safe.

U.S. President Barack Obama spoke tonight by phone with Secretary of State John Kerry, who was on travel to Russia, to discuss the events in Turkey. The President and Secretary agreed that all parties in Turkey should support the democratically-elected Government of Turkey, show restraint, and avoid any violence or bloodshed. The Secretary underscored that the State Department will continue to focus on the safety and security of U.S. citizens in Turkey. The President asked the Secretary to continue to keep him updated as the situation unfolds.

In a statement, Secretary Kerry said, "The United States views with gravest concern events unfolding in Turkey. We are monitoring a very fluid situation.  I spoke this evening to Foreign Minister Cavusoglu and emphasized the United States’ absolute support for Turkey’s democratically-elected, civilian government and democratic institutions.  We urge all parties to ensure the safety and well-being of diplomatic missions and personnel and civilians throughout Turkey."

The U.S. Embassy and Consulates in Turkey will continue to provide information to U.S. citizens in Turkey.  For updates, go to the U.S. Embassy's website and Facebook page and follow @StateDept, @TravelGov, and @USEmbassyTurkey on Twitter.

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Ahmed M.
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Sudan
August 18, 2016
As analyst in geo-economic and geo-politics regional and international strategy's, promoting and advocated for the democratic system, namely in the growing developing countries, indeed these professional and values in line with the State Department Blog's mission. The strong diplomatic message sent through this blog in its effort in providing information for their readers through external link is significantly contributed to the openness, transparency and accountability of the USA foreign policy. As researcher I would concur with the methodological approach and the based evidence information, in a world teeming with problems and loss of confidence. On the other hand the geopolitics perception, specifically Russia's rapprochement with the Turkish and other allies in Asia may produce equation that can work on the stability of the world according to the perspective of the balance of power. Currently I am regional advisor with the UNOSSC for Arab States and working on the Regional report for South-South cooperation towards: Sustainable Human Development in the Arab States. I am available for any research or study within the region or beyond, as freelance consultant of development cooperation strategist and political analyst.

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