December 5, 2018

United States-Turkey Relations

Serdar Kılıç, Ambassador of the Republic of Turkey to the United States

In his intervention, Ambassador Serdar Kiliç delves into the complex nature of the U.S.-Turkey relations amid important shifts in international dynamics mainly due to the Cold War, the dissolution of the Soviet Union, and the Arab Spring. Challenges arise, particularly concerning divergent perspectives on the Syrian crisis. The U.S. collaboration with a Syrian group, viewed as a terrorist organization, for fighting ISIS stands as a point of contention. Despite these challenges, the ambassador acknowledges their alliance and Turkey’s support for the United States national interests in the region. Ambassador Kiliç concludes by highlighting Turkey’s commitment to helping the Syrian refugees and emphasizes the urgency of international assistance for countries hosting Syrian refugees as it represents a humanitarian crisis.

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