Disagreements over diplomacy and security issues between Turkey and U.S. do not affect trade ties. Trade volume expands by 16.6 percent in first 11 months of 2017 compared with first 11 months of 2016, reaches $18,7 Billion
Turkey has legitimate security concerns over insurgency inside its borders, U.S. Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis said Sunday, according to U.S. media reports.
“I said, ‘If you look at 1917, it was a Jubilee Year, and the Balfour Amendment came, and then in 50 years, it was 1967, and Jerusalem was reconnected to Israel. ‘When you add 50 to 1967, you’re in 2017.’ I said, ‘This is the year to move the embassy and make that declaration because it is a biblical timing of absolute precision’.”
It is time that local sources of legitimacy are respected and the issue of regime change is dropped from the agenda of the international community for good.
It seems the recent antics of U.S. President Donald Trump and Co. in the Middle East around the critical issue of Jerusalem will bring down the new wave of American unilateralism earlier than many expected.
The U.N. vote on Jerusalem that rejected Trump’s declaration seems to harm the U.S.’s ties with member countries.
The loud and clear message of the Dec. 22 U.N. General Assembly vote is that Jerusalem is not alone and intimidation, blackmail, occupation and dispossession cannot be a norm in the 21st century.
The U.S.’s approach to the crises in Iraq, Libya, Syria, Egypt, Yemen and Palestine since 2010 has been about its experience of the hegemonic crisis. The way the U.S. views Turkey is similar to this. Just as the U.S. lost to China in the Pacific, it is about to lose to Russia in the Middle East.
“Evidence” cited in the Iran Sanctions, or Hakan Atilla case, formerly known as the Reza Zarrab case, have been provided by the Fetullah Terrorist Organization (FETO), who illegally smuggled documents from Turkey to the US.
Members of the Turkish opposition, FETO and the US have utilized around the Iran Sanctions Case, using it as an opportunity to attack the government.