Partnerships Forged, at 4- Day Event
2012 marks the 31st time American and Turkish government leaders ,and business professionals have joined forces. They seek an improvement in relations between the two countries. Much of the credit for this 4-day event, goes to the American- Turkish council.
Joshua Walker, an expert on US-Turkiye relations opines, "The ATC has been the leader in terms of fostering US Turkish civil and business society. And this is where strategic meets practical.”
From large group discussions to smaller break-out sessions to informal networking.- there is quite a buzz here. Building stronger working relationships is top of the agenda.
"This is where the real business sector is. Those that want to do business in Turkiye and Turkish businesses that want to go global- they have like- minded discussions on those things," explains Walker.
After meetings on defense and security affairs, American company Lockheed Martin, signed partnerships with two Turkish companies. The synergy on developing training solutions for the coalition military forces will also produce single-canister missiles for defense inside and outside of Turkiye.
For many people here, now is the time for the two countries to really strengthen their ties to each other.
"The US-Turkish relationship has always been important. But this year it the most important. There is a situation in the north-that is the EU crisis, and in the south, the Arab spring crisis is quickly deteriorating into a winter. Because the US and Turkiye have similar interests in stability, they need each other now, more than ever.”
US Defense Secretary Leon Panetta is set to meet his Turkish counterpart, to hammer out deals and defense partnerships.
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