The outgoing U.S. Ambassador to Turkey John Bass in a farewell press conference claimed that the U.S. cooperation has helped reduce Daesh terrorist attacks in Turkey for nine-and-a-half months, revealing the U.S.-Daesh partnership. Bass has recently been regarded as the main actor in the tension between Turkey and the United States, and draws attention with his scandalous attitude and statements.
John Bass, a couple of days before leaving his diplomatic mission in Turkey, confirmed U.S. President Donald Trump’s statement that former President Barack Obama “is the founder of [Daesh]” and “the co-founder would be crooked Hillary Clinton.”
Turkish, US officials decide to meet to resolve dispute : Bozdağ
Turkey and the U.S. have agreed to work to resolve the diplomatic row between the countries, Deputy Prime Minister Bekir Bozdağ said Thursday.“A decision between the two countries has been made for representatives to come together and work on this issue,” he said in an interview on broadcaster Haber Turk.The U.S. Embassy on Sunday announced the suspension of some visas for Turkish nationals following the arrest of a Turkish employee at the U.S. Consulate in Istanbul, prompting a tit-for-tat response from Ankara.Metin Topuz, a long-standing consulate employee, was arrested last week over alleged ties to the Fetullah Terrorist Organization, which is said to have orchestrated last year’s attempted coup in Turkey.Bozdağ said Turkish and U.S. diplomats would meet in the next few days.Referring to Topuz, he added: “The testimony of a U.S. local staff member, a Turkish citizen, was filed to both the police and the prosecution office in the presence of a lawyer.“His testimony at the criminal peace court was also filed in presence of a lawyer. It’s impossible for these to be done without a lawyer.”US delegation to visit Turkey regarding visa rowTurkish, US FMs discuss visa row over phoneMattis says US will work to 'stay aligned' with TurkeyTurkey: Visa row with US likely to be resolved soon
Ambassador Bass said “I think it is really important to remember that, this country has not experienced any significant attacks by Daesh in nine-and-a-half months.
“That’s not a result, the absence of attacks is not a result of Daesh deciding it no longer wanted to try to conduct attacks in Turkey. It’s a result of Daesh no longer being able to conduct the kinds of attacks in Turkey they did in 2015 and 2016.
“And all of you remember quite well the terrible tragedy two years ago that we marked yesterday with the terrible bombings at the Ankara train station.
“The fact that Daesh is no longer able to conduct attacks of that magnitude successfully in Turkey is the result of a lot of close, intensive cooperation between our two governments.”
US delegation to visit Turkey regarding visa row
A delegation from the U.S. Department of State will visit Turkey next week to discuss the visa row, according to reports.The delegation will be headed by the State Department's Deputy Assistant Secretary for European and Eurasian Affairs Jonathan Cohen, according to sources.The U.S. Embassy in Turkey announced Sunday it was suspending the issuance of non-immigrant visas to Turkish nationals following the arrest of Metin Topuz, a Turkish employee at the U.S. consulate in Istanbul.In a retaliatory move, Turkey's Washington Embassy also suspended non-immigrant visa services.Turkish, US FMs discuss visa row over phoneMattis says US will work to 'stay aligned' with TurkeyTurkey: Visa row with US likely to be resolved soon
‘US to continue to support Turkey’
Bass said that Turks, Europeans and Americans are safer and more secure as a result of the joint efforts Turkish intelligence authorities and U.S. authorities.
“Now that doesn’t mean that Turkey is not continuing to face acute security challenges as a result of the conflicts in Syria and Iraq. The United States government is mindful of those challenges. We’re very sensitive to them. And we are committed, as we have been, to supporting the Turkish government’s efforts to deal with the sources of that violence and instability.”
Turkish, US FMs discuss visa row over phone
Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu spoke on the phone with his US counterpart Rex Tillerson on Wednesday to discuss mutual visa suspension issue, a Turkish foreign ministry source said.Wednesday's talk between the two officials is first since the U.S. Embassy in Turkey on Sunday announced the suspension of non-immigration visas for Turkish nationals following the arrest of a Turkish employee Metin Topuz at the U.S. consulate in Istanbul. In a retaliatory move, Turkey's Washington Embassy also suspended non-immigrant visa services, saying, "Recent events have forced Turkish Government to reassess the commitment of the Government of the United States to the security of Turkish Mission facilities and personnel."No more details have been released.Topuz is suspected to be linked to the Fetullah Terrorist Organization (FETÖ), the group behind last year’s defeated coup attempt in Turkey, according to a judicial source.He has been linked to a number of FETÖ suspects, including police commissioners and former prosecutor Zekeriya Oz, a fugitive accused of attempting to overthrow the government through the use of force, said a source, speaking on condition of anonymity due to restrictions.Later, another foreign ministry source said Ahmet Muhtar Gun, deputy undersecretary at the ministry, met with the outgoing U.S. Ambassador John Bass at the ministry's headquarters.The meeting aimed to overcome the visa dispute between the two countries, said the source, speaking on the condition of anonymity due to restrictions on talking to the media.Bass announced the visa suspension and issued a video Monday discussing his decision, but there has yet to be any official comment from Washington.“I personally find it odd that high-level U.S. officials did not conduct any means of communication with our foreign minister. It is concerning for an Ankara ambassador to take such a decision then claim he took it ‘in the name of my country’,” Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Tuesday.Erdogan warned that Turkish-U.S. ties could be further damaged if U.S. President Donald Trump’s administration played a role in the visa decision.If the decision was made after discussion with senior officials, “then we have nothing to discuss with the administration", he said.FETÖ and its U.S.-based leader Fetullah Gulen of orchestrated the attempted coup, which left 250 people martyred and nearly 2,200 injured.
Euphrates Shield prevents Daesh attacks
Donald Trump took over Barack Obama’s office on Jan. 20. Daesh organized the Reina night club attack in Istanbul on Oct. 1. This was the last attack Daesh staged in Turkey. Since then, the terrorist organization has not been able to conduct any attacks in Turkey, and terrorists who were discovered to have been preparing for attacks were arrested.
Turkey inflicted a heavy blow on Daesh with the Euphrates Shield Operation, which was launched on Aug. 24, 2016, destroying the terrorist threat. The Euphrates Shield Operation is deemed as the most deterrent factor preventing Daesh from conducting an attack in Turkey for the past nine months.
Mattis says US will work to 'stay aligned' with Turkey
The U.S. will work to ensure that military relations with Turkey will be unaffected by an ongoing diplomatic row, Defense Secretary James Mattis said Wednesday.“It’s a NATO ally that we will work hard to stay aligned with against our common enemy. And we are doing good work together, military to military," Mattis told reporters en route to Central Command in Tampa, Florida.Ongoing military operations have so far been "unaffected" by the row, Mattis said. When asked if he thought future operations could be affected if tensions continue to run high, he said he did not want to speculate but said past diplomatic spats with various countries have not deteriorated military ties.The U.S. Embassy in Turkey announced Sunday it was suspending the issuance of non-immigrant visas to Turkish nationals following the arrest of Metin Topuz, a Turkish employee of the U.S. consulate in Istanbul.In a retaliatory move, Turkey's Washington Embassy also suspended non-immigrant visa services.Topuz is suspected to be linked to the Fetullah Terrorist Organization (FETO), the group behind last year’s defeated coup attempt in Turkey, according to a judicial source.The U.S.'s outgoing Turkey envoy, John Bass, announced the visa suspension and issued a video discussing his decision, but there has yet to be any official comment from Washington.“I personally find it odd that high-level U.S. officials did not conduct any means of communication with our foreign minister. It is concerning for an Ankara ambassador to take such a decision then claim he took it ‘in the name of my country’,” Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Tuesday.Erdogan warned that Turkish-U.S. ties could be further damaged if U.S. President Donald Trump’s administration played a role in the visa decision.The State Department confirmed Tuesday that Bass had not unilaterally taken the action, saying "our ambassadors tend to not do things unilaterally"."This was coordinated with the State Department. It was coordinated with the White House and coordinated with the NSC (National Security Council)," spokeswoman Heather Nauert told reporters.Nauert said the U.S. was "very disappointed" by the Turkish government's arrest of two of their local staff, including Topuz.
Turkey: Visa row with US likely to be resolved soon
A visa suspension between Turkey and Washington is "overblown" and will likely be soon resolved, Turkey's Deputy Prime Minister Mehmet Simsek said Wednesday."This is a temporary undesired dispute and it has no political interference," Simsek said at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in Washington during his visit to attend the the World Bank and IMF annual meetings. "We hope that pretty soon this issue will be resolved."Describing the detention of staff at the U.S. missions as a "routine investigation", Simsek said security and safety of the U.S. diplomats and employees are Turkey's "top priority".The U.S. Embassy in Turkey announced Sunday it was suspending the issuance of non-immigrant visas to Turkish nationals following the arrest of Metin Topuz, a Turkish employee at the U.S. consulate in Istanbul.In a retaliatory move, Turkey's Washington Embassy also suspended non-immigrant visa services.Topuz is suspected to be linked to the Fetullah Terrorist Organization (FETÖ) that Ankara accuses of being behind a defeated coup attempt in Turkey in July 2016, according to a judicial source."I want to be very clear. We don’t want this dispute to last more than a second," Simsek said, white recalling that Turkey and the U.S. have been allies for more than half a century and the partnership is strong enough for such crisis. He said Turkey responded in a likewise manner to the U.S. because it is a sovereign nation but his government is committed to deepening the relationship and open to dialogue if there are any concerns about cooperation on judicial affairs."Turkey is not doing arbitrary arrests. There are no political hostages," he said. "Give us the benefit of doubt that Turkish judicial system works and is functioning."As we go forward, hopefully all of these disputes, all of these disagreements can be resolved," Simsek said. "I don’t see any issue that cannot be resolved. But clearly it requires better understanding, better dialogue and better communication."That is what friends expect from each other," he said. "Clearly these expectations on Turkey when we have gone through so much should be considered by our friends, our allies and partners."Simsek invited U.S.-based investors and companies to invest in Turkey, stating his country's economy has been developing and will continue to improve its investment plan despite many challenges such as the failed coup attempt and terror attacks."Turkey has gone a long way over the last decade-and-a-half but the story is not done. Nothing is going to change that. Eighty plus million Turks have a strong desire to catch up and we are going to catch up," Simsek noted. "And that means long way to go in terms of growth, in terms of sales, in terms of opportunities.""We need each other. Economically we cannot ignore each other. The United States is one of the main engines of global economy. The U.S. is the largest economy. But Turkey is also the world’s 13th largest economy with a $2.1 trillion GDP and the fifth largest in Europe," he added.He also thanked U.S. companies that have been operating in Turkey. "We welcome the U.S. business and we are very much appreciated the presence of almost 1,700 businesses in Turkey,” he said.