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Ambassador Tan Responses House Foreign Affairs' Action

Statement by His Excellency Namik Tan, The Republic of Turkey’s Ambassador to the United States in response to today’s action in a U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Foreign Affairs Mark-Up, July 20, 2011. “Today, members of the House Foreign Affairs Committee approved amendments to a State Department Authorization bill that distorts Turkey’s record on religious freedom and preservation of religious sites. Turkey opposes the language in the measure because it presents a biased, one-sided perspective and wholly disregards the constructive steps Turkey has taken to safeguard and expand religious freedom and tolerance and to preserve places of worship belonging to Jews and Christians. 
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