Envoy says US sad, but hints no step on Israeli killing of Gaza activist

A U.S. diplomat said that Washington "was sad" about Israeli troops' killing of an American citizen of Turkish descent, skipping further steps against the killing.

Envoy says US sad, but hints no step on Israeli killing of Gaza activist

 

A U.S. diplomat said that Washington "was sad" about Israeli troops' killing of an American citizen of Turkish descent, skipping further steps against the killing. 

Earlier in July, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan accused U.S. administration of standing aloof from the death of a 19-year-old American citizen, Furkan Dogan of Turkish descent, who was killed in the Israeli attack.

Laura H. de Otalvaro, a diplomat at the Political Section of the U.S. Embassy in Ankara, said the United States would intervene whenever a U.S. citizen lost his/her life overseas due to violence or other reasons.

Otalvaro said U.S. Ambassador to Turkey James Jeffrey and some other U.S. executives met Dogan's family.

"It is meaningful that the U.S. administration is not interested in death of American citizen Furkan Dogan just because he is of Turkish origin. We expect U.S. administration to follow it," Erdogan had said. "The U.S. administration remains silent on the issue."

The U.S. diplomat said her country was sad about not only the death of an American citizen but also death of Turkish citizens aboard the "Mavi Marmara" aid ship, but refrained from commenting more on this issue.

Nine people, including eight Turks and Furkan Dogan, died when Israeli forces raided a Gaza-bound aid flotilla on May 31. Around 30 people were wounded in the attack.

Also, Otalvaro said she had been working in Turkey as a U.S. diplomat for years, and she had learned views of opinion leaders and local administrators in many cities.

The U.S. diplomat defined Turkey's democratic political life as active and robust, and said she was glad to observe the contacts among political parties and how parties were changing and developing.

Otalvaro said U.S. political parties were not holding so much communication and were not changing that much, and she was excited about developments in Turkey.
 

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