October 5, 2011, Washington, D.C. – The Turkish Coalition of America extends its congratulations to Francis Ricciardone, the current United States Ambassador to Turkey, who has been appointed to serve a full diplomatic term in Ankara.
Ricciardone’s appointment was confirmed by a voice vote of the Senate on Tuesday evening. He has represented the U.S. in Turkey since January after receiving a presidential recess appointment.
Ambassador Ricciardone has worked tirelessly to strengthen one of America’s most important bilateral partnerships during a time of global unrest," said G. Lincoln McCurdy, TCA President. “We welcome the Senate's decision to confirm Ambassador Ricciardone. Turkey is a critical nation in a region that is undergoing monumental changes. A strong US-Turkey relationship serves to steer us through these turbulent times and the continued service of a highly qualified American diplomat was of significant importance.