Traditional US-Turkey Friendship Seminar has started in the City of Memphis, US
The members of Turkey-US Interparliamentary Friendship Group and the US Congress Turkey Working Group participated in the seminar which commenced after a dinner as an organization of the US Congress Turkey Working Group.
Egmen Bagis, AK Party Vice Chairman, Abdulkadir Emin Onen, AK Party Urfa PM and Sukru Elekdag, CHP Istanbul PM, are in the Turkish delegation headed by Mevlut Cavusoglu, AK Party Antalya PM, while the US delegation is made up of Edward Whitfield, Working Group Chairman and the parliament members Stephen Cohen, Jean Schmidt and John Tanner. Member of the European Parliament Cem Ozdemir is also among the participants of the seminar.
In the opening speech Tennesse PM Stephen Cohen said that they were very pleased for having the Turkish delegation in Memphis. Stating that his visit to Turkey opened new prospects for him and made it possible for him to have new friends Mr. Cohen said that he understood better the importance of the relations between these two countries during his visit. Mr. Cohen said, "We don't have a better friend than the Turkish government and Turkish people both in NATO as well as in the Middle East where we need a reliable and real friend." Egemen Bagis, on the other hand, said that the passive politics of the US for Turkey's struggle against terrorism had been a problem in the mutual relations in the past, however this changed when on November 5, 2007 President George Bush declared PKK as the common enemy of Turkey, Iraq and the US.