Nabi Sensoy, Turkish Ambassador to the US since 1966, reportedly resigned on Tuesday and asked to be reassigned, three months short of his retirement. No official reason has been given, but Turkish newspapers report that Ambassador Sensoy had been asked by Ankara to forward a request to the White House that the Turkish ambassador also attend the meeting between Prime Minister Erdogan and President Obama, but that Sensoy did not do so. (click here, in Turkish). OR that Sensoy had been asked by Ankara to set up the meeting to also include Ahmet Davutoglu and Hillary Clinton, that the US administration refused this format, and that Davutoglu had blamed Sensoy. (This is all unconfirmed gossip.)
Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan recently left for the US. Whenever a leader from Turkey leaves for the US, some developments take place and Turkey?s hand is weakened. Similar efforts were systematically exhibited inside and outside the country prior to Erdoğan?s visit.
Undoubtedly, the safest way to invalidate the efforts of those that pursue discord and subversion in the international arena is to engage in direct dialogue with the person you are addressing and make ineffective the ill-intention winds of lies that are blowing around.
We witnessed numerous terror attacks in several cities last week in Turkey. The events started on the anniversary of the founding of the Kurdistan Workers? Party?s (PKK), and demonstrators used the occasion to protest Öcalan?s prison conditions. As a response, counter-demonstrations were organized by Turkish nationalist groups denouncing the PKK and the Democratic Society Party (DTP), and security forces intervened to control the situation.
Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan addresses the lawmakers of his Islamic-rooted party at the parliament in Ankara, Turkey, Tuesday. Dec. 1, 2009. Turkey said late Wednesday that Turkish soldiers in Afghanistan will not be part of any combat operation.
WASHINGTON ? On Monday, Prime Minister Recip Erdogan of Turkey arrived in Washington trailing a list of actions designed to achieve ?zero problems? with his country?s neighbors. Considering how many immediate neighbors there are (seven) and who they are (e.g. Iran, Iraq, Syria, Armenia) this is a tall order. Ankara?s activism has raised the stakes in its own neighborhood and eyebrows in the United States.”
Turkey’s Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan is in Washington to discuss Iran’s nuclear program, the war in Afghanistan and other issues. But the President also needs to convince him that Turkey must stay close to the U.S. and Europe even as it looks east
Turkey’s Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan visits President Obama at the White House Monday. Turkey is building stronger ties with Iran and that has raised concerns in Washington. Also the prime minister heads a party with Islamist roots ? a departure from decades of secular leadership in Turkey. That has some asking if the NATO member is titling East at the expense of the West.
Turkish and American leaders are meeting today at the White House. There are areas of disagreement between the two countries, but there are also so many examples of cooperation that have been going on for decades and that are newly developing.
When Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan goes to the White House today he will soon figure out that the United States administration and US President Barack Obama are consumed by the recent decision to send 30,000 more troops to Afghanistan.
from open Democracy News Analysis – by david hayes
Every president of the United States has to play chess on more than one board at a time. The difference between Barack Obama and his predecessors is that, in a multipolar world of 24/7 media, he is obliged to play blitz-chess.