Priorities and Challenges in the U.S.-Turkey Relationship, Hearing Before the Committee on Foreign Relations, United States Senate, One Hundred Fifteenth Congress, First Session, September 6, 2017 [open pdf - 649KB]
This is the September 6, 2017 hearing on "Priorities and Challenges in the U.S.-Turkey Relationship" held before the U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign Relations. From the opening statement of Bob Corker: "Since serving beside the United States in the Korean War and then joining the North Atlantic Treaty Organization in 1952, Turkey has proven itself to be a strong ally and important partner to the United States. We continue to see positive day-to-day cooperation on security issues in and around the Republic of Turkey. Yet, our relationship has not always been as productive as we in the United States might like. For example, in 2003, the Turkish Government refused to allow the United States military to operate from a NATO base in Incirlik, Turkey. In the last year, many of us in America have grown increasingly concerned about our partnership with Turkey. After the failed coup, the Turkish Government arrested tens of thousands of people, instituted a state of emergency that keeps dissidents in legal limbo, and otherwise cracked down on the free press. [...] [President] Erdogan has not only domestically acted against journalists, opposition leaders, and innocent Americans, he has rebuffed his allies internationally. Last month, Turkey agreed to give Russia $2.5 billion in return for surface-to-air missiles that are incompatible with NATO's systems. These developments require that the United States work to preserve our important relationship with Turkey while reassessing ways to address differences that threaten close ties between our countries." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Steven A. Cook and Amanda Sloat.
S. Hrg. 115-669; Senate Hearing 115-669
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