The first salvo from the Biden administration:

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Young Biden and Turkey’s former PM Ecevit in 1970s.

Biden administration issues first statements on Turkey regarding Demirtaş, Kavala | Ilhan Tanir @WashingtonPoint

The Biden administration on Saturday made its first statements on Turkey concerning two high profile prisoners in the country.

The U.S. State Department, in an email statement to Ahval, commented on imprisoned Kurdish politician and former leader of the Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP), Selahattin Demirtaş, as well as jailed philanthropist Osman Kavala, whose acquittal in the Gezi Park case was reversed on Friday.


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“We ask Turkey to follow the ECtHR orders to immediately release Demirtaş and Kavala, as well as all other political prisoners, including Cihan Erdal,” says Lagodinsky, the Chair of the EU-Turkey delegation of the European Parliament.
Approving the resolution on the human rights situation in Turkey, notably the case of Selahattin Demirtaş and other prisoners of conscience, MEPs call on the country to follow the ECtHR orders to immediately release Demirtaş without any conditions.

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