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U.S. diplomat says United States tries to ensure peaceful transition in Mideast.

February 23 2012 (TUR) -- U.S. deputy chief of mission to Turkey said on Thursday that the United States tried to ensure a peaceful transition in the Middle East. Jess L. Baily said that freedom movements in the Middle East were an uprising to dictators, and the United States was trying to ensure a peaceful transition in the region. Democracy had not been ensured so easily in America and Turkey, and neither it would be so in Afghanistan and Middle Eastern countries, Baily said during a conference on Turkey-U.S. relations in the southeastern province of Gaziantep. Baily said Turkey and the United States were friends and allies for 60 years, and the two countries were attaching importance to bilateral relations. The diplomat said the United States would host a meeting with the ally countries in Chicago this summer, and Turkey would also attend the meeting in which problems would be discussed. Baily said the United States was concerned about incidents in Syria, and Turkey's perspective on Syria might be different as Turkish people had relatives and friends there. Both Turkey and the United States were assuming a clear stance on Syria, and violence should end in that country, Baily said. Baily also said a peaceful transition should be ensured in Syria.

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Publication:Anadolu (Eskisehir, Turkey)
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Date:Feb 23, 2012
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