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United States – Turkey Sign Cultural Property Agreement
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United States – Turkey Sign Cultural Property Agreement

Washington, DC (STL.News) The US Department of State released the following statement: Today, U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Turkey David Satterfield and Turkish Minister of Culture and Tourism Mehmet Ersoy signed a bilateral Memorandum of Understanding that protects Turkish cultural property. This agreement is an example of the United States’ enduring work with Turkey to combat cultural property trafficking and to preserve heritage items by allowing the U.S. to establish import restrictions on certain categories of Turkey’s cultural property.  The agreement also gives U.S. law enforcement the ability to repatriate trafficked cultural objects back to Turkey while fostering the interchange of Turkish cultural heritage with U.S. institutions.  In addition, it demonstrates our respe...
Special Representative Khalilzad Travels to Turkey and Qatar
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Special Representative Khalilzad Travels to Turkey and Qatar

Special Representative Khalilzad Travels to Turkey and Qatar (STL.News) U.S. Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad departed for Ankara on December 2. In Turkey, he will discuss international coordination and Turkish support for Afghanistan Peace Negotiations. In Qatar, Ambassador Khalilzad will meet with the two Afghan parties as they move into the next phase of negotiations following the successful conclusion of an agreement on rules and procedures. It is imperative the parties build on the current momentum and accelerate their work to reach agreement on a political roadmap and a comprehensive and permanent ceasefire. Ambassador Khalilzad will also travel in the region to garner support for Afghanistan Peace Negotiations. Source: STATE...
Rayburn Travel to Israel, Turkey, Egypt, Bahrain, Syria
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Rayburn Travel to Israel, Turkey, Egypt, Bahrain, Syria

Special Envoy Rayburn Travel to Israel, Turkey, Egypt, Bahrain, and Northeast Syria (STL.News) Special Envoy for Syria Joel Rayburn traveled to Israel, Turkey, Egypt, Bahrain, and northeast Syria from November 28-December 8. In Israel, Turkey, and Egypt, Special Envoy Rayburn met with senior officials to discuss the situation in Syria.  Key topics included the need to address common threats and to work together to achieve a lasting, peaceful, political resolution to the Syrian conflict in line with UNSCR 2254. On December 4-5, Special Envoy Rayburn attended the IISS Manama Dialogue.  On the margins of the conference, he held consultations on Syria with various counterparts, including the foreign ministers of Bahrain, Iraq, and Jordan. On December 7, Special Envoy Rayburn traveled...
The United States Sanctions Turkey Under CAATSA 231
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The United States Sanctions Turkey Under CAATSA 231

The United States Sanctions Turkey Under CAATSA 231 (STL.News) The United States is imposing sanctions on the Republic of Turkey’s Presidency of Defense Industries (SSB) pursuant to Section 231 of the Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (CAATSA) for knowingly engaging in a significant transaction with Rosoboronexport,  Russia’s main arms export entity,  by procuring the S-400 surface-to-air missile system.  The sanctions include a ban on all U.S. export licenses and authorizations to SSB and an asset freeze and visa restrictions on Dr. Ismail Demir,  SSB’s president, and other SSB officers. The United States made clear to Turkey at the highest levels and on numerous occasions that its purchase of the S-400 system would endanger the security of U.S. military technolog...
Imposition of Sanctions on Turkey under CAATSA 231
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Imposition of Sanctions on Turkey under CAATSA 231

Assistant Secretary for International Security and Nonproliferation Dr. Christopher Ford and Deputy Assistant Secretary for European Affairs Matthew Palmer On the Imposition of Sanctions on Turkey under CAATSA 231 (STL.News) MR BROWN:  Thank you, moderator.  And thanks everyone for joining us this afternoon.  We’ll be discussing Secretary Pompeo’s announcement released just a moment ago on the imposition of sanctions on Turkey under CAATSA 231.  This call is on the record, and the contents are embargoed until the call is completed. Joining us to brief you today on the announcement are Doctor Christopher Ford,  Assistant Secretary for International Security and Nonproliferation  and Matthew Palmer,  Deputy Assistant Secretary for Europe and Eurasia.  They will both have opening remarks ...
Sanctions on Turkish Presidency of Defense Industries
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Sanctions on Turkish Presidency of Defense Industries

CAATSA Section 231 “Imposition of Sanctions on Turkish Presidency of Defense Industries” (STL.News) The United States is imposing sanctions on the Republic of Turkey’s Presidency of Defense Industries (SSB) pursuant to Section 231 of the Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (CAATSA) for knowingly engaging in a significant transaction with Rosoboronexport (ROE), Russia’s main arms export entity, by procuring the S-400 surface-to-air missile system. SSB is Turkey’s primary defense procurement entity and has responsibilities in defense industrial development.  As a part of this action, the United States is imposing full blocking sanctions and visa restrictions on Ismail Demir, the president of SSB  Faruk Yigit, SSB’s vice president Serhat Gencoglu,  SSB’s Head of the Depart...
Prez Erdogan says, Turkey will not bow to threats
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Prez Erdogan says, Turkey will not bow to threats

(STL.News) Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that his country would not “bow down to threats and blackmail" in his disputes with Greece.  This comes as European Union foreign ministers meet in Brussels to discuss the issue of sanctions over the dispute. ? YouTube video provided courtesy of WION News STL.News References: YouTube
Department of State: Special Representative Khalilzad Travels to Turkey and Qatar
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Department of State: Special Representative Khalilzad Travels to Turkey and Qatar

(STL.News) The US Department of State released the following statement: U.S. Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad departed for Ankara on December 2.  In Turkey, he will discuss international coordination and Turkish support for Afghanistan Peace Negotiations. In Qatar, Ambassador Khalilzad will meet with the two Afghan parties as they move into the next phase of negotiations following the successful conclusion of an agreement on rules and procedures.  It is imperative the parties build on the current momentum and accelerate their work to reach agreement on a political roadmap and a comprehensive and permanent ceasefire. Ambassador Khalilzad will also travel in the region to garner support for Afghanistan Peace Negotiations.
The United States Designates Two ISIS Facilitators
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The United States Designates Two ISIS Facilitators

Washington, DC (STL.News) The US Secretary of State, Michael R. Pompeo released the following statement: Today, the United States continued its efforts to disrupt the financial and logistical support networks that sustain ISIS operations in the Middle East and around the world by designating two ISIS facilitators.  As co-lead of the Counter ISIS Finance Group, a working group of the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS, the United States has worked closely with our partners to restrict ISIS’s ability to generate and transfer funds and other material to conduct its operations. Faruq Hamud operated the Tawasul hawala in Syria that served ISIS members and transferred payments for ISIS from outside Syria.  The United States designated Hamud pursuant to Executive Order (E.O.) 13224, as amended, fo...
US Department of State: Osman Kavala Should be Released
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US Department of State: Osman Kavala Should be Released

Washington, DC (STL.News) The US Department of State released the following Statement: As of this week, Turkish philanthropist and civil society leader Osman Kavala has spent 1,000 days in detention without being convicted of any crime.  The United States underscores the importance of respecting international obligations and commitments.  We call upon Turkey to comply with its own commitment to justice and rule of law and to release Osman Kavala from detention, while pursuing a just, transparent, and speedy resolution to his case. CLICK to VIEW SOURCE
Syria aid deal: UNSC manages to keep only one crossing open
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Syria aid deal: UNSC manages to keep only one crossing open

(STL.News) Millions of displaced Syrians will now have only one Turkish border crossing to receive aid after several attempts to keep a second crossing open failed to pass at the United Nations Security Council.  Russia, backed by China, had been pushing to shut down one of the two border crossings that were still open. Al Jazeera's James Bays reports from the UN headquarters in New York. YouTube video courtesy of Al Jazeera News
Mike Pompeo: The Status of the Hagia Sophia
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Mike Pompeo: The Status of the Hagia Sophia

Washington, DC (STL.News) The US Secretary Of State, Michael R. Pompeo released the following statement: The Government of Turkey has administered the Hagia Sophia as a museum – officially recognized by UNESCO as part of the Historic Areas of Istanbul World Heritage Site – in an outstanding manner for nearly a century.  We urge the Government of Turkey to continue to maintain the Hagia Sophia as a museum, as an exemplar of its commitment to respect the faith traditions and diverse history that contributed to the Republic of Turkey, and to ensure it remains accessible to all. This extraordinary?site?is a testament to religious expression and to artistic and technical genius, reflected in its rich and complex 1,500-year history.  Moreover, the site’s status as a museum has allowed people f...
Conviction of U.S. Consulate General Istanbul Employee Metin Topuz
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Conviction of U.S. Consulate General Istanbul Employee Metin Topuz

Washington DC (STL.News) The US Department of State released the following statement: The United States is deeply troubled by the decision of a Turkish court today to convict U.S. Consulate General Istanbul employee Metin Topuz and hopes the conviction will swiftly be overturned. For nearly three decades, Mr. Topuz worked tirelessly to promote law enforcement cooperation between the United States and Turkey, contributing to the safety and security of our two countries. The baseless charges against Mr. Topuz misrepresent both the scope and nature of the important work undertaken by our local staff on behalf of the U.S. government and in the promotion of our bilateral relationship.  U.S. officials observed every hearing in the trial of Mr. Topuz in Istanbul, and we have seen no credible ev...
GE Renewable Energy and Fina Enerji to Build 193 MW Wind Farms in Turkey
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GE Renewable Energy and Fina Enerji to Build 193 MW Wind Farms in Turkey

GE Renewable Energy has been selected to supply 52 of its 3 MW platform onshore wind turbines for four wind farms in Turkey With a total capacity of 193 MW, the projects will provide renewable energy to the region, powering the equivalent of 195,000 homes and save up to 650,000 tons of CO2 The 156 blades will be manufactured at GE’s LM Wind Power factory in Bergama, Izmir, Turkey Istanbul, Turkey (STL.News) GE Renewable Energy announced today that it has been selected by Fina Enerji to supply 52 of its 3 MW platform onshore wind turbines for four wind farms in Turkey: Baglama, Tayakadin, Yalova and Pazarkoy.  With a total capacity of 193 MW, the wind farms will produce enough clean energy to power the equivalent 195,000 homes, save about 650,000 tons of CO2 and support Turkey’s renewable e...
GE Renewable Energy to Supply Cypress Units for 70 MW Guney Wind Farm in Turkey
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GE Renewable Energy to Supply Cypress Units for 70 MW Guney Wind Farm in Turkey

GE Renewable Energy has been selected by Sanko Enerji to build the 70 MW Guney wind farm in Turkey The project will include 12 Cypress units, GE’s largest onshore wind turbine in the field and 2 units of 3 MW. GE will produce the Cypress’ revolutionary two-pieces blades at its manufacturing site in Bergama, Izmir, Turkey Istanbul, Turkey (STL.News) GE Renewable Energy announced today that it has been selected by Sanko Enerji to provide 12 Cypress units and 2 units of 3 MW for the 70 MW Guney wind farm in Turkey.  The wind farm will produce enough clean energy to power the equivalent 71,000 homes, save about 200,000 tons of CO2 and support Turkey’s renewable energy ambition to power two third of the country with renewable energy.  Located in Bursa, the construction and commercial operation ...
GE Renewable Energy to Supply Cypress Units for 51 MW Gazi-9 Wind Farm in Turkey
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GE Renewable Energy to Supply Cypress Units for 51 MW Gazi-9 Wind Farm in Turkey

GE Renewable Energy has been selected by Sanko Enerji to supply Cypress Units for the 51 MW Gazi-9 Wind Farm in Turkey Gazi-9 represents one of the first Cypress orders for GE Renewable Energy in Turkey GE Renewable Energy will locally produce the wind turbine blades in LM Wind Power’s Bergama site, Izmir, Turkey Istanbul (STL.News) - GE Renewable Energy announces today that it has been selected by Sanko Enerji to supply GE’s 4.8 MW Cypress Units for the 51 MW Gazi 9 Wind Farm in Turkey and will be providing a 10-years Full-Service Agreement. Located in Çanakkale, Turkey, the 51 MW wind farm will generate enough renewable energy to power the equivalent of 100,000 homes in Turkey and will play a significant role supporting the country’s renewable energy target.  The construction of the win...