Letter to Erdogan Cited in Bloomberg Editorial

A Bloomberg editorial board cites a March 30, 2016 open letter to Turkish President Erdogan — signed by POMED Executive Director Stephen McInerney — in advance of President of Turkey’s visit to Washington, D.C. The letter raises concerns about limitations on freedom of speech and the press and President Erdogan’s increasing power.

Even some of Turkey’s closest friends in Washington are now warning that Erdogan is becoming a tyrant. “Within the past decade, many of Turkey’s friends here were optimistic about your country’s potential to become a vibrant and stable democracy as well as a strong and capable U.S. ally. Recent developments in Turkey, however, are deeply troubling,” states an open letter to the Turkish president drafted by two former U.S. ambassadors to Turkey, Mort Abramowitz and Eric Edelman.

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