Turkey to launch campaign to inform US Congress more

Turkey has decided to launch a campaign to inform U.S. Congress more about every matter, diplomatic sources said.

Turkey to launch campaign to inform US Congress more

 

Turkey has decided to launch a campaign to inform U.S. Congress more about every matter, diplomatic sources said on Friday.

Diplomatic sources said the U.S. administration had asked Turkey to help itself inform U.S. Congress more about issues concerning the two countries during Turkish Foreign Ministry Undersecretary Feridun Sinirlioglu's visit to this country.

According to the same sources, Turkey decided to launch a campaign to inform the U.S. Congress more from now on, and would start doing so after Congress elections.

Sinirlioglu met U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Jim Steinberg, Undersecretary of State for Political Affairs William Burns, National Security Council's chief of staff Dennis McDonough, Undersecretary of Defense for Policy Michele Flournoy, and Special Envoy for Eurasian Energy Richard Morningstar.

During his meetings with U.S. executives, Sinirlioglu discussed Iran's nuclear program, situation in Iraq, relations with Israel, Cyprus, NATO, Middle East, Balkans, Turkey's possible initiatives in Afghanistan, Turkish-U.S. relations.

Diplomatic sources said Turkish and U.S. executives decided to meet more often to eliminate misunderstandings and increase high-level contacts.

Turkey's President Abdullah Gul and Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu are expected to hold talks in the United States in September during the United Nations (UN) General Assembly.

The American Turkish Council meeting will take place in October, and a minister will represent Turkey in the meeting.

Diplomatic sources also said Sinirlioglu's meetings were a good opportunity for Turkey to explain its views clearly, the two countries had differences of opinion regarding Iran and Israel however they had similar views on Iraq and Afghanistan.

The same sources said the United States extended full support to Turkey for fight against terrorism.

Turkey should better its relations with Israel to contribute to the Middle East peace process, sources said.

On Iran, Turkey said it would not take sides between P5+1 (permanent UN Security Council members-- the United States, Britain, France, China, Russia and Germany) and Iran, but would work to bring the sides together.

During his talks with U.S. executives, Sinirlioglu gave the message that Turkey would be committed to UN resolutions on sanctions on Iran, but would not be committed to the sanctions of the United States.

Diplomatic sources said the United States was under an election atmosphere right now, and therefore they did not expect the new congress to bring up a resolution regarding the incidents of 1915 till the end of January.

They said Turkey had to establish closer dialogue with congresspeople when the efforts of the lobbies against Turkey were taken into consideration.

Also, the United States asked Turkey to go on commanding the regional command of Kabul, Afghanistan, which was a demand Turkey was still thinking about.

The United States also asked Turkey to go on training Afghan police forces and soldiers, and Turkey was positive on this issue, diplomatic sources said.

The same sources said the Israeli attack on a Gaza-bound aid flotilla was another matter Sinirlioglu took up with U.S. executives.

Sinirlioglu told U.S. executives that everything would have been different if Israel had apologized and paid compensation.

The same sources said UN international investigation delegation would present its first report on the incident before September 15, and the final report might be released within six months.

Nine people, including eight Turkish and one U.S. citizen of Turkish descent, were killed when Israeli forces raided a Gaza-bound aid flotilla on May 31. Around 30 people were wounded in the attack.

The United Nations (UN) Human Rights Council set up the international fact-finding mission on June 2 to investigate violations of international law, including international humanitarian and human rights law, resulting from the Israeli attacks on the flotilla of ships carrying humanitarian assistance.
 

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