The US administration is concerned about fundamental human rights and freedoms inside Turkey and the country's troubled relations with Israel, said main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) Deputy Chairman Faruk Loğoğlu on Tuesday.
A group of CHP deputies left for the US to hold a number of meetings with American diplomats in a bid to prepare the ground for CHP leader Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu's visit in November. Speaking to the press on behalf of the CHP group, Loğoğlu said the Washington administration is watching developments in Turkey closely and noted that American officials are aware of the problems in Turkey on different issues and to different extents.
“We feel there are problems in different areas and to different extents [in the eyes of American officials]; they make us feel [that there are problems about Turkey]. These [problems] are not only in the area of [Turkey's] foreign policy. Freedoms and fundamental human rights inside Turkey disturb the US administration more and more. And the troubles in Turkey's relationship with Israel is one of the points that draw the US administration's attention,” Loğoğlu said, stressing that the US officials feel uneasy about the developments in Turkey.
CHP deputies had meetings with American think tanks the Center for American Progress and the Brookings Institution, and Alan Makovsky, a senior staff member of the US House of Representatives Committee on Foreign Affairs on Monday. The group is also scheduled to meet with high-level officials from the White House, the State Department and the Pentagon on Tuesday and will have meetings at the UN in New York on Wednesday, according to statements Loğoğlu made on his Twitter account.
Deputies from opposition party also met with US Senator John McCain. Saying that McCain has been watching internal and external developments concerning Turkey, Loğoğlu stated on his Twitter account that McCain has concerns about Turkey. The CHP deputy also noted that in their detailed and extensive meeting with McCain, he deduced that US senator has a special interest in Turkey and a love for İstanbul.
In addition to the CHP's principal deputy chairman Loğoğlu, who is responsible for foreign affairs, deputies Umut Oran, Ayakan Erdemir, Sedef Küçük, Ayşe Eser Danışoğlu and Faik Tunay and the CHP's US representative, Yurter Özcan, are among the group paying visits to US officials.
The CHP deputies arrived in the US as two separate groups. CHP Deputy Chairman Oran is also in the US to attend several events and meetings of Socialist International.
The main opposition CHP has recently become more focused on the party's foreign relations with recent visits to Iraq and Egypt. The CHP delegation visited Egypt to discuss bilateral ties with the interim government at a time when relations between Cairo and Ankara are at a historic low. A statement made by CHP said the Egypt visit of its party members, packed with a series of meetings with interim government officials, civil society leaders and other key figures, aimed to restore ties between two countries.
A delegation from the main opposition CHP paid a visit to Iraq from Aug 20-23. CHP deputies met with Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki and other officials to discuss how put strained relations back on track.
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