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‘Turkey Has A Big Role to Play’ in Syria, US Secretary of State Tillerson Says

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson recognized Turkey's role in resolving the ongoing Syrian crisis during a press briefing Tuesday. Speaking about the situation in Syria and related peace processes, Tillerson said that there were two conflicts underway in Syria: the war against Daesh and the civil war "that created the conditions for [Daesh] to emerge," which is why the U.S. had been hoping to avoid the outbreak of civil war.

Murat Guzel: Tillerson's Visit to Istanbul Strengthens U.S.-Turkey Relations

Just over 30 years ago, I emigrated from Turkey to continue my post-graduate degrees at Lehigh University to pursue my American dream. As Secretary Rex Tillerson visited my birth country two weeks ago, I reflect on just how far the U.S.-Turkey relationship has come in the last three decades. The exponential trade growth between our two countries, driven by numerous "commercial diplomats" like myself, deserves greater reflection on the anniversary of the darkest chapter in Turkey's recent history — the failed coup on July 15, 2016.

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