The Office of Inspector General (OIG) under the U.S. Department of State issued a report on U.S. mission in Turkey, which includes Embassy Ankara and its constituent posts in Istanbul, Adana, and Izmir.
The 110-page report said, "mission in Turkey manages the complex and very important relationship between Turkey and the United States at a time when the Turkish Government is demonstrating a new level of activism, both regionally and on domestic issues."
"Understanding Turkey's motives and goals for this activism is critical to the success of the mission's work as it guides the Washington interagency process towards effective ways of dealing with Turkey. The basic question is whether, or to what extent, Turkey is moving away from Western orientation established by Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, and setting its sights more firmly eastward where its Islamic credentials smooth the way and potentially provide added value," it said.
The report said, "the Turkish Government has committed itself to working towards regional stability on almost all of its borders and beyond, sometimes in ways that please the United States and other times not. Turkey's outreach to Kurdish community aims at finding a solution to the longstanding unrest within the context of a unitary state. Turkey, nonetheless, retains a robust posture against the Kurdish opposition across the border in Iraq."
The report said the U.S. was pleased with Turkey's strong diplomatic presence in Iraq, its links with regional administration in the north of Iraq, a premier position in trade and investment with Iraq.
It said, "Turkey's ambitious foreign policy initiatives attract major U.S. policy attention: support for reconciliation in Cyprus, contributions in Iraq and Afghanistan, openings to Iran, relations with Israel and Armenia, a large Islamic population in a secular state, and the role of groups in the United States that arise from diasporas.
This results in large numbers of U.S. visitors, often at the Cabinet level or above, to both Ankara and Istanbul."
The report said Turkey had the 16th largest economy in the world, as measured by gross domestic product, adding that as a result of firm regulatory oversight, it weathered the 2008-2009 global financial crisis relatively well.
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