Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Top U.S. General In Turkey To Smooth Tensions Between The Two Countries

Washington Post: Pentagon’s top general seeks to cool anti-American sentiment in Turkey

ANKARA, Turkey — The Chairman of the Joint Chief’s of Staff visit with top Turkish officials here Monday was, for the most part, conciliatory, despite growing anti-American sentiment following last month’s coup attempt and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s recent public scolding of U.S. Army Gen. Joseph Votel.

The highest-ranking U.S. official to visit Turkey following the failed coup, Marine Gen. Joseph F. Dunford arrived at the joint U.S.-Turkish air base in Incirlik Sunday before proceeding to the capital, where he met with his Turkish counterpart Gen. Hulusi Akar, chief of the Turkish General Staff; Prime Minister Binali Yildirim; and Ismail Kahram, the speaker of the Turkish Grand National Assembly.

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WNU Editor: I am surprised that Gen. Joseph F. Dunford is the first senior U.S. official to visit Turkey since the coup .... Dunford Visit to Turkey is First by Senior U.S. Official Since Coup Attempt (US Department of Defense). Where is John Kerry?

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