Turkey Sends Ambassador Back to Washington

ANKARA (Hurriyet)–Turkish Ambassador to the United States Namık Tan returned to Washington, D.C., on Tuesday following a month-long diplomatic row that had brought him back to Ankara for consultations.

“The message we wanted to give has been understood. We have received satisfactory answers, too,” Tan told reporters at Ankara’s Esenboga Airport. “It is time for me to go back.”

Just two weeks after presenting his credentials to U.S. President Barack Obama on Feb. 25, Tan left Washington after the U.S. House Committee on Foreign Affairs voted on March 4 to approve a resolution recognizing the Armenian Genocide.

“I will welcome Mr. Prime Minister [Recep Tayyip Erdoğan] in Washington over the weekend,” the ambassador said, referring to the nuclear-security summit that Erdogan will attend with Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu.

Tan said he will be working with the Obama administration to set up a comprehensive meeting with Obama during the summit. Reports indicate that Erdogan and Armenian President Serzh Sarkisian will be brought together for talks with the US President.

The Turkish prime minister, Tan added, is also expected to lobby Obama for “a comprehensive solution in the South Caucasus that requires a normalization of relations between Baku and Yerevan as well.”


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