WASHINGTON, April 1, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Derya Taskin, President of the Turkish Institute for Progress, today issued the following statement on growing signs of a possible Turkish-Israeli rapprochement:
"The latest front in the war on terror is unfolding in Israel and Turkey, two key U.S. allies in the region that share a common enemy and are taking tangible steps to repair their relationship. In the wake of horrific terrorist attacks in both countries, leaders on both sides are signaling a warming of relations. This week's Washington visit by Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan marked a critical phase in that effort."
President Erdogan has told Israeli President Reuven Rivlin that Turkey is "ready to cooperate with Israel against terrorism." Erdogan also drew praise this week following a high-profile meeting with Jewish leaders. A top official in the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations said the meeting was "very positive" We expressed our appreciation for the support the President himself and the government gave to the Israeli victims in the last attack."
The Turkish Institute for Progress (TIP) was founded to help foster a stronger understanding of Turkey-U.S. relations and their vital and strategic role. With a deeper understanding of the role Turkey plays in promoting U.S. interests, particularly on security issues, TIP aims to build a strong bond between these longtime allies. With TIP members and its growing grassroots efforts, TIP works to help educate U.S. decision makers on this vital partnership and the unique challenges Turkey faces.
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SOURCE The Turkish Institute for Progress (TIP)