Gordon Reaffirms America’s ‘Close Relationship’ with Turkey

WASHINGTON (Hurriyet)–A Top U.S. official has reaffirmed the “close relationship” between Turkey and the United States in response to results from a global survey indicating most desire partnership with the Middle East than the West, the Anatolian News Agency reported.

According to Philip Gordon, the U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs, there is no other country in Europe with which the United States has as much open, ongoing dialogue as it does with Turkey.

Speaking at the German Marshall Fund on Wednesday, Gordon said Turkey and the United States had many common interests and policies although they had some differences of opinion on some issues.

The German Marshall Fund of the United States conducted the survey that included Turks’ views on the Middle East. According to the internationally conducted survey released on Wednesday, 20 percent of Turkish participants supported closer ties with the Middle Easter.

Gordon said Turkey had been interested in the Middle East for a long time, but had always stood close to the United States and the West. He said that Turkey is also still interested in the European Union accession process, adding that the EU should take some steps to get Ankara’s focus back on the process.

Turkey’s EU accession depends on both Turkey and the European Union, he added, noting that the United States continues to support Turkey.

Gordon said the EU would become stronger with inclusion of a Turkey that had fulfilled EU membership criteria. The United States’ dialogue with the Turkish government was not in line with the view that Turkey has become distant from the West, he said.

The U.S. official said all remarks from Turkey indicated that it was still seeing itself as a distinguished member of NATO, that it is eager for EU membership and that it places importance on cooperation with the United States.

Gordon also said the United States was trying to establish a model partnership with Turkey and attached importance to its relations with the country and the views of the Turkish people. He defined U.S. relations with Turkey as important and strategic and said the relationship is a fruitful one for both countries.

Gordon said Turkey and the United States had similar thinking on preventing Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons, but differences of opinion on whether or not the Islamic republic had fulfilled required criteria regarding this matter. The assistant secretary said the two countries were behaving sincerely toward each other regarding the controversy over Iran’s nuclear program.

The U.S. official said Ankara and Washington also exhibited sincerity in dealing with their differences of opinion regarding Hamas and the Israeli attack on the part of a flotilla of aid ships to the Gaza Strip.

Turkey’s relations with Armenia are another point of diverging perspectives, the assistant secretary said, adding that the United States was supporting the normalization process between the two countries.

Gordon said normalization would be beneficial to both countries and to the region, an idea ostensibly supported by the Turkish government. The assistant secretary said he did not agree with claims that Turkey has turned its back to the West.

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  1. manooshag said:

    Gordon, list the similarities between the democracy of the USA and the so-called ‘democracy’ of a Turkey.
    List all the Genocides committed by the USA (of the American Indians – by the English/by Americans and
    compare with all the Genocides perpetrated by the Ottomans Turks and their subsequent leaderships from the 19th, 20th, and now the Kurds in the 21st centuries!!
    List all the agreements/disagreements a Turkey pursues, incapable of keeping allies, incapable of keeping alliances – with any of the civilized nations – including now the nations of the EU.
    Why the USA State Department seeks still to connect with the nation that still treats its neighboring nations, and too, its own citizens in the mode of the Ottoman leaderships.
    Too, the world recognizes the Turkish Genocide of the Armenian nation which began in the 1890s and in Turkey’s subsequent denials until today, 2010. Too, Obama stating that ‘I shall be the president who shall recognize the Turkish Genocide of the Armenian nation’ – until he visited a Turkey – and didn’t…
    Hence, when the Turkish Genocide of the Armenian nation is not worthy of being recognized by the nation that is the greatest democracy the world has known, this then means that the USA leaderships by their
    inability to take the stance of recognition of the Armenian Genocide (although USA has recognized other Genocides) and therefore appears to be discriminating against the Armenians! Discriminating one Genocide over another – Why? Is the Turkey to be ‘forgiven’ of all the slaughters, tortures and worse that they inflicted upon innocents in order to steal their lands, wealth and culture. For, if the Turk shall have been made to admit their guilt, in early 20th century and made reparations due and owing to the Armenian nation ALL the Genocides since then shall never have been – slaughters, rapes of innocents, survivors memories, shall have not have been allowed, the cycle of Genocides shall have ended.
    Manooshag

  2. Tomas said:

    I am sure that, being Jewish, Gordon absolutely despises Turkey these days but feels he has to make nice and kiss up.

  3. Zareh said:

    Philip Gordon is establishing his CV for a post-Obama era job perspective. Like others before him Gordon also has realized the availability of lucrative Turkish opportunities once his tenure expires in Washington. Mr. Gordon will be able to tell Turkish lobbyists of his “support” for Turkey while in office. It sure looks like personal financial motivation is a driving factor in US foreign policy decisions, and at times quite openly manifested.

  4. Ahmet said:

    there are important things for USA and unimportant things. you know what I am saying.

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