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Turkish Ambassador to Washington: Time for Turkish-American rapprochement


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The transatlantic alliance is being tested by recent developments in the Middle East, North Africa, the Black Sea Basin and Asia, and the time has come to strengthen Turkey’s ties with the states. -United, according to the Turkish ambassador in Washington.

In an article published Sunday on the Defense One website, Hasan Murat Mercan said political, social and security crises are causing massive flows of refugees and greater threats that require the two countries to rethink their partnership.

“The shift from transatlantic security priorities to an era of great power competition will inevitably require exploring the possibilities for a gradual rapprochement between Turkey and the United States,” Mercan said.

In this article, the diplomat describes the transatlantic community as “complex and delicate”.

“Left unchecked, seemingly isolated crises and conflicts in ‘Greater Eurasia’ will set off a political, social, economic and security chain reaction, with global repercussions,” he added.

According to him, Ankara and Washington need “optimal” partnership commitments “if we want to continue to operate together in more or less closed environments”.

“Any recalibration of these transatlantic commitments in the region must include capable, willing and reliable allies and partners if they are to produce timely and lasting solutions,” he wrote. “Turkey remains one of those allies and partners.”

– Turkey’s vital role and its specific capacities.

Hasan Murat Mercan spoke of Turkey’s role in Afghanistan following the US withdrawal at the end of August, saying the situation there confirmed that transatlantic actors must continue to work together as guarantors of security.

“The fall of the provincial capitals of Afghanistan in less than 10 days, which led to the rapid collapse of the Afghan government, took the world by surprise. The unexpected turn of events and the images of desperation emanating from the Kabul international airport will haunt the international community for a long time, ”he said.

Stating that Turkey has played a vital role in Afghanistan, Mercan explained how Ankara intervened with the Taliban to establish an inclusive government, provided humanitarian assistance to the Afghan people and deployed technical teams to ensure the reopening of the Kabul airport.

“This once again highlighted Turkey’s unique potential, which cannot be replaced or delegated to another state or non-state actor in ‘Greater Eurasia’,” the Turkish ambassador wrote.

Noting that Turkey enjoys a unique military stature in the region and occupies a leading position within NATO, the Ambassador said that Turkey will continue to represent the best method to combine democracy with globalization, urban development and modernization in Greater Eurasia.

“Turkey’s centuries of perspective and experience in the Greater Eurasia will certainly help the transatlantic community, whatever redesigned form it takes, to set realistic goals and, where appropriate, viable exit strategies.” , he added.

* Translated from English by Mourad Belhaj

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