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Kerry to Visit Europe, Turkey, Egypt, Gulf on First Trip

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry makes remarks to the media before a bilateral meeting with UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon at the State Department in Washington February 14, 2013. Credit: Reuters/Mike Theiler
(Reuters) - John Kerry will visit nine countries in Western Europe and the Middle East on his first trip as U.S. secretary of state to consult allies on topics including Syria's civil war, the State Department said on Tuesday. Kerry will travel to London, Berlin, Paris and Rome, where he is expected to attend a gathering of senior officials from nations supporting the Syrian opposition and to meet with opposition members.

Turkey to Clear IMF Debt by May

Image ISTANBUL (AFP) - Turkey is set to make a "clean break" with the International Monetary Fund by paying off its remaining debt by May, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Saturday. "We have been paying and paying... Right now the debt stands at $860 million (643 million euros)," Erdogan said in televised remarks. "When we pay the last slice in May, we will zero out the debt and make a clean break," he added. Erdogan said his Islamic-rooted Justice and Development Party (AKP) government, which took over a $23.5 billion IMF debt when it came to power in 2002, was in talks to loan five billion dollars to the the global institution.

US State Department:This is Nothing New for Us

Image WASHINGTON- US State Department stated Ambassador Ricciardone only reiterated what Clinton had said earlier. The Spokesperson for the US State Department, Victoria Nuland said that US Ambassador in Ankara, Francis Ricciardone only reiterated what former US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton had said on several Turkish court cases.

Turkey: U.S. Embassy Suicide Bomber Was Leftist Released from Jail

(Photo: Burhan Ozbilici, AP)
ISTANBUL, Turkey — The suicide bomber who attacked the U.S. Embassy on Friday in the Turkish capital of Ankara, killing one Turkish security guard along with the bomber, was a member of an outlawed leftist group, the Turkish government said. The explosion went off at the entrance used by embassy personnel and their visitors, after a lone suicide bomber passed through the X-ray machine, Turkish news media reported.

Governor of the U.S. State of Rhode Island recognizes Azerbaijani National Day

Image On May 16, 2012, as a result of the Pax Turcica annual action to recognize the 94th anniversary of Azerbaijan Democratic Republic, the Governor of the State of Rhode Island, Lincoln D. Chafee, issued a formal proclamation (citation) greeting the people of Azerbaijan and the Azerbaijani community in Rhode Island. This recognition by the Rhode Island Governor was received by and due to the efforts of Azerbaijani-American Council (AAC) representative in Rhode Island and a long-time Pax Turcica activist,  Zikret Hasan.

Turkish, US Presidents Meet in Chicago

Image Turkish President Abdullah Gul and his US counterpart, Barack Obama, met in Chicago on Monday on the sidelines of NATO Summit but they failed to make progress on the sale of armed drones. Turkey seeks to buy armed drones from the United States, but the request has been controversial, with some in Congress refusing to sell the aircraft to Turkey given Ankara's deteriorating relations with Israel, a close US ally. The US administration, on the other hand, is reportedly willing to sell the drones to Turkey and is trying to persuade Congress not to block the sale.

Turkey's U.S. Ambassador Tan Responds to Harsh Criticisms of Rep. Berman on Cyprus

Image Turkey's Ambassador to the United States, Namik Tan, responded to harsh criticisms of U.S. Representative Howard Berman on Cyprus in a letter the latter sent to U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton recently. "Having read your letter to the U.S. Secretary of State, the Honorable Hillary Rodham Clinton, regarding Cyprus, I would like to take this opportunity to answer the allegations and concerns expressed in your letter, which was made public through various American-Greek organizations and news outlets," Tan told Berman in a letter sent.

Iran Is In The Step to Pass Away 'Immunity Zone'

An Iranian woman walks past an anti-U.S. mural on the wall of the former U.S. embassy in Tehran October 12, 2011. Credit: Reuters/Morteza Nikoubazl
By Elman Nasirov * -
After the following report of Mr. Y. Amanon, Head of MAGATE, on November 08, 2011, on the nuclear program of Iran, the tension between USA, Europe, Israel and Iran increased up to maximum level. The know report notes that the nuclear program of Iran is designed for military purposes. In spite of the requirements of the UN Security Council and MAGATE, Iran continues the enrichment of uranium. The report specially emphasizes that MAGATE has not assurance that Iran applies non-military nuclear program since Iran has not built sufficient relationship with MAGATE, and therefore MAGATE may not confirm that the nuclear materials shall be applied for peaceful purposes. (1) 

Turkish-Americans Need to be More Actively Involved in US Politics

Image As the 32nd Annual Turkish-American National Convention began in Washington on Thursday, participants of the event urged Turkish-Americans to effectively participate in US politics to make their voices more widely heard. The convention was jointly organized by the Federation of Turkish American Associations (TADF), the Assembly of Turkish American Associations (ATAA) and the Washington-based Turkish American Community Centers (TACC). The event began with a seminar titled “Grassroots Day,” hosted by the Turkish Coalition of America (TCA).
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