As the leader of the main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP), Kemal Kilicdaroglu, prepares to visit Washington at the end of this month, the CHP is looking to establish a lasting relationship with the US.
Kilicdaroglu, accompanied by a number of CHP officials, is expected to visit the US capital between Nov. 30 and Dec. 3.
Ahead of the visit, CHP Deputy Chairman Faruk Logoglu prepared a report about the CHP's foreign affairs in which he said the main opposition party is seeking a lasting relationship with the US administration.
“Where we are at this point proves that the relationship between the US and the ruling [Justice and Development Party] AK Party is in an ephemeral honeymoon. The CHP is continuing its efforts to establish a lasting and equal relationship with the US,” Logoglu said in his report.
The report, which was presented to the CHP's central executive board, has also claimed that Turkey and the US have increasingly divergent views on Syria. While relations between the AK Party and the US are getting colder, the CHP is getting ready to go to Washington and form close contacts, the report said.
Kilicdarogluis expected to meet with members of the US House and Senate, think tanks, media representatives, Jewish organizations and members of the Turkish community in the US during his visit to Washington.
The CHP leader is also expected to meet with a high-level American official but it is still not clear who it will be. Some press reports have suggested that the US administration is not promising there will be any high-level meetings, such as with Vice President Joe Biden or US Secretary of State John Kerry, with Kılıcdaroglu in Washington.
The CHP leader visited Washington in May 2010 after becoming the main opposition party's leader. His foreign policy team, former ambassadors Logoglu and Osman Koruturk, have been working on a high-level visit for the CHP leader for months.
Kilicdarogluhad a “secret” dinner with US Ambassador to Turkey Francis J. Ricciardone last month to discuss his US visit. Ricciardone confirmed the dinner with Kilicdaroglu the next day and dismissed claims that the CHP leader has not been able to schedule high-level meetings for his trip to Washington.
The ambassador said that US officials in Washington welcomed a CHP delegation last month and that if Kilicdaroglu would like to visit the US capital, he would also be welcome. He added that Kilicdaroglu is the leader of the opposition and a respected, elected official of an allied country.
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