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Embassy News 2013

Message From U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Turkey

February 3, 2013

All of us at the American Embassy are grateful for the outpouring of sympathy and support from Turkish Government leaders and officials, the Speaker and Members of Parliaments, ordinary members of the public,  civil society, and personal friends from across Turkey and beyond,  following the terrorist attack of February 1. We value your friendship and solidarity most deeply at such times of shared sorrow.  We thank in particular the Turkish National Police and other security authorities for protecting us every day.

We lost a brave Turkish member of our Mission family. We are all are profoundly grateful for the Mustafa Akarsu, a hero who stood guard every day, was skillful and dedicated to his duty, and who died defending the Turks and the Americans who work at our embassy. We will never forget his ultimate sacrifice. We salute his bravery and his service to Turkey and to Turkish-American friendship. Our hearts go out to his family. 

In honor of our fallen colleague Mustafa Akarsu, I have directed that flags at the U.S. Embassy and our consulates in Turkey will fly at half staff until sunset on Wednesday February 6. On Monday at 13:13, we will observe a moment of silence in Mustafa Bey’s memory,  precisely 72 hours after the moment of his sacrifice.    

The U.S. and Turkey have suffered from terrorism both separately and together.  Such incidents only reinforce our shared will to defeat terrorists and to strengthen the rule of law which they aim to undermine. We will never yield to terror, and together we will prevail.  

The U.S. Embassy will be open for normal services on Monday. 

Ambassador Francis J. Ricciardone