U.S. Department of State said that Turkey was an important model for the region in terms of its very vital democratic institutions.

 

Ian Kelly, spokesman for the Department of State, said at a daily press briefing, "we have a very robust and broad relationship with Turkey. Turkey is a valued member of NATO. We see Turkey as an important model for the region in terms of its very vital democratic institutions."

Kelly said that the United States had a growing trade relationship with Turkey.

"We're looking forward to the visit of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan in a couple of weeks. That's not to say that we don't have disagreements with Turkey. We have disagreements with all of our allies, and we discuss them both privately and publicly. And we look forward to discussing the full range of our relations when Prime Minister Erdogan arrives," he added.

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