Relations between Turkey and the United States of America

From a historical point of view, relations between Turkey and the United States are multidimensional and based on mutual respect and interest. As NATO allies, Turkey and the U.S., carry out their bilateral relations on the basis of universal values, including democracy, freedoms, respect for human rights, rule of law and free-market economy.

Turkey and the U.S. cooperate on a broad geography, covering Iraq, the Middle East, North Africa, the Balkans, the Caucasus, the Eastern Mediterranean, Central and South Asia as well as on critically important issues, such as counter-terrorism, energy security, nuclear non-proliferation and global economic developments.

The U.S. President Barack Obama paid his first overseas bilateral official visit to our country in 2009. During the visit, President Obama defined Turkish – U.S. relations as a “model partnership” and the leadership of both governments reached a high level consensus to bring the bilateral economic, commercial, investment and technologic dimension of the relationship to a level proportionate with political, military, and security cooperation. The concept of “Model Partnership” reflects the advanced level that Turkey and the U.S. have reached in the relationship.

Our Prime Minister, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan paid a visit to the U.S. in December, 2009. During that visit, Turkey and the U.S. established the Framework for Strategic Economic and Commercial Cooperation (FSECC). The first ministerial meeting of FSECC was held on October 19, 2010 in Washington, D.C. The two nations signed “the Agreement Relating to Scientific and Technologic Cooperation between the Government of Turkey and the Government of the United States” to realize the objective of improving technologic cooperation on October 20, 2010.

Our Foreign Minister, Ahmet Davutoğlu paid two visits to Washington, D.C. in June 2009 and November 2010 and held bilateral talks with high level officials of the U.S. Administration and the U.S. Congress. The U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton paid two visits to Turkey in March 2009 and July 2011. On 1-4 December 2011, the U.S. Vice President Joe Biden visited Turkey on the occasion of the Second Summit on Entrepreneurship. U.S. Secretary of Defense Leon E. Panetta paid a bilateral visit to Turkey on 15-17 December 2011.

Armenian allegations on the events of 1915 remain as a potential problem on the agenda of bilateral relations due to the influence of Armenian lobby on U.S. politics.