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Blinken Letter to Members of the US Congress to Turkey: Human Rights Violations and Alarming Democratic Decline

170 members of the US House of Representatives from both parties, Secretary of State Antony blinkenI sent a letter about Turkey. In a letter from members of the leadership of Congress, Biden Turkey to shape politics while “disrupting” human rights issues also urged a bend.

According to the Voice of America report; And on February 26 in shared letters with which the public today, Turkey’s ally in NATO, has long been an important partner of the United States, noted that while the president Erdogan The view is expressed that your government creates tension in relations.

Democrat, Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee Greg Meeks with a high-ranking Republican member of the commission Mike McCaul‘S in his letter found among the signatories, “to pick up a lot of strategic issues of interest rightly in our bilateral relations, but the serious violations of human rights and the decline of democracy in Turkey also raises an expression of great concern.”

Erdogan said: “Our interests are more than our differences of opinion.”

President Erdogan said in a statement on February 20: “As Turkey, we believe that many more of our common interests, our differences of opinion with the United States.” With a long-term perspective, we want to further strengthen our cooperation with the new American administration on a mutually beneficial basis. Turkey is on the path consistent with the strategic alliance between the two countries and will continue to do its part, “he said.

However, the relations, Turkey’s first in the purchase of the Russian S-400 missile defense system from Syria and the US YPG militia in recent years due to a number of problems, including support.

In a letter to members of Congress, Erdogan and they undermine the judicial power in Turkey of the party, the army’s political ally and the intelligence on which it placed the blocking position and political opponents, journalists and minorities belonging to the groups were given on the evaluation form that they unjustly incarcerated.

Senators also wrote a letter to Biden

More than 50 US senators were also president on February 9. Joe bidenHe wrote to urge the Turkish government to push to improve its human rights record.

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