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Middle East Digest - January 14, 2010


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January 15, 2010

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The Middle East Digest provides text and audio from the Daily Press Briefing. For the full briefings, please visit daily press briefings.

From the Daily Press Briefing of January 14, 2010


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4:20 p.m. EST

QUESTION: Change of subject. There’s a new wave of tension between Turkey and Israel recently and you know both sides threatened to recall back their ambassadors from Tel Aviv and Ankara and accusations that there are some anti-Semitic feelings on Turkish TV. I just – I’m interested if State Department follows the process and if there is any, like, reaction.

MR. CROWLEY: Well, these are two important allies and friends of the United States. Turkey has played an important role as an intermediary in working through issues related to Middle East peace. We value that interaction and value Turkey’s role in trying to help countries work through these issues. And I would expect that to continue.

QUESTION: Speaking of norms that you expect your business partners to uphold, have you yet heard of any interest on the part of the UAE Government in reviewing the acquittal of Sheikh Issa?

MR. CROWLEY: Not to my knowledge.

QUESTION: Thank you.

(The briefing was concluded at 4:42 p.m.)

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