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Wednesday, 11 January 2017 12:20

Turkish foreign minister: Turkey deserves better from the United States

Written by  Mevlut Cavusoglu

Mevlut Cavusoglu is the Turkish foreign minister.

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merica’s friends and allies are watching closely to gauge how America will reposition itself globally once President-elect Donald Trump is sworn in on Jan.

20. And for good reason.

Our collective security is being overwhelmed by many unconventional, complex and grave threats. Left unchecked, these threats, such as the rise in terrorism and violent extremism and also mass illegal migration, have the potential to destabilize the transatlantic community as a whole.

On New Year’s Eve, Istanbul was once again targeted by the savagery that is terrorism. Tragically, 39 innocents perished while welcoming 2017. This and other recent heinous attacks in Turkey and elsewhere in Europe are grim and sadly all-too-common reminders of the death and destruction that cowardly terrorists can inflict at locations as innocuous as nightclubs, soccer stadiums and Christmas markets.

To proactively confront these challenges, including analyzing and effectively addressing their causes, we must formulate the correct combination of solutions and apply them with determination. As we look ahead, we cannot hope to prevail if we do not devise a game plan and stick to it.

As a start, we must first reinvigorate solidarity, cohesion and trust among allies and partners.

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