US should keep relations close with Turkey, says analysts

Analysts at a Washington panel discussion said the new U.S. administration should establish close relations with Turkey.

US should keep relations close with Turkey, says analysts
Analysts at a Washington panel discussion Wednesday said the new U.S. administration should establish close relations with Turkey, encourage the country's European orientations.

"Building and improving democracy in Turkey serve for the U.S. interests and the key to that is Europe. Ways must be devised to revive Turkey's EU process and to move it forward," Mark Parris, former U.S. ambassador in Turkey, told the panel discussion at the Washington Institute For Near East Policy, a Washington D.C.-based think tank.

Parris said he would advise U.S. President Barack Obama to keep relations close with Turkey as a response to claims that Turkey had been moving away from the West.

"... yet one should avoid making an extreme comment that Turkey is moving toward a different direction," Parris said.

Soner Cagaptay, an analyst with the Washington Institute, also advised the new administration to have close relations with Turkey.

Analyst Ian Lesser said Turkey would find it most difficult to attract the attention of the U.S. administration.

"Obama administration might be seeking a low profile partnership which needs almost anything to work it out," Lesser said.

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