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TURKEY-USA -U.S. ambassador says latest Turkish elections show country's progress towards modern democracy.

ANKARA, Jun 23, 2011 (TUR) -- The U.S. ambassador in the Turkish capital said on Wednesday that June 12 elections showed the progress Turkey had achieved on the way to modern democracy.

Speaking to reporters at his residence, U.S. Ambassador in Ankara Francis J. Ricciardone commented on the results of the latest general elections in Turkey.

Congratulating Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan on his election victory, Ricciardone said the United States would continue to work with Turkey's new government, opposition and civil society.

Commenting also on the latest developments in Syria, Ricciardone said his country cooperated closely with Turkey on issues related to Syria, adding that the U.S. administration expected the Syrian government to take concrete steps to implement reforms and to meet the nation's demands.

Praising Turkey's approach to the Syrian citizens fleeing violence in their country, Ricciardone noted that USA was also ready to contribute to the process through the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).

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