TASC urges both countries to resolve differences

TASC urges both countries to resolve differences

Turkish American National Steering Committee (TASC) regrets the recent visa crisis between the U.S. and Turkey. TASC urges both countries to resolve differences promptly with a diplomatic dialogue. Both countries have many economic, cultural, social, military and humanitarian ties. Any disruption to such longstanding ties will be damaging to the strong alliance between the two countries and is not in the best interest of either of them. U.S is currently one of the largest trading partner of Turkey in the world. Turkey is an important hub for U.S. trading opportunities in Asia and Middle East. In 2016 U.S. was Turkey’s fifth largest export market. The two countries as NATO members have collaborated militarily since the Korean War, in many difficult parts of the world such as Afghanistan and Bosnia. Turkey is currently fighting terror on many fronts such as Pkk, Daesh, including the July 15, 2016 coup instigators against the Turkish Republic. Additionally Turkey has the largest refugee burden in the world. U.S. should regard the problems facing an important ally from a realistic point of view and not apply “one size fits” standards from a narrow bureaucratic handbook. We as TASC strive in our primary mission to strengthen the ties between the two countries and we look forward to the resolution of the visa crisis as soon as possible before permanent damage is done to our valuable and cherished alliance.

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