April 6, 2009, Washington, DC – Following President Obama’s speech in Turkey , Lincoln McCurdy, President of the Turkish Coalition of America, made the following statement:
“President Obama’s trip to Turkey , this early in his administration, is a clear sign that the strategic relationship between the two nations has never been more cherished by both sides. Additionally, the inclusion of Turkey in the President’s trip to other European nations signals that Turkey will continue to be a bridge between the East and the West.
“TCA is encouraged by President Obama’s statements in Ankara today and view his message of dialogue between civilizations as a welcomed beginning to this new administration. Both the historical legacy of Turkey ’s secular democracy as envisioned by Ataturk, as well as the today’s growth in education and scientific ties between the US and Turkey were critical aspects of the President’s message to the people of both nations.
“TCA extends its thanks to President Obama for highlighting the importance of Turkish Americans in helping to bring together our cultures. TCA encourages all Turkish Americans to engage in citizens’ diplomacy to further the growing commercial, cultural, scientific and political ties between Turkey and the United States .”