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Congressman Gus Bilirakis

Representing the 12th District of Florida

Bilirakis Writes Letter to Trump Expressing Concern for Human Rights and Democracy in Turkey

May 16, 2017
Press Release

Washington, D.C. – As President Trump welcomes Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to the White House this week, U.S. Rep. Gus Bilirakis (FL-12) joined a bipartisan letter to the Trump Administration expressing concern for human rights and democracy in Turkey. Please see below for an excerpt from the letter, and click here to read the letter in full.

“As it is a critical moment for Turkey and the U.S.-Turkish relationship, the United States must be candid and consistent in our support of democratic values and respect for human rights for the sake of Turkey’s future, as well as the long-term interests in the region of both the United States and our NATO allies. We therefore urge you to make support for Turkish democracy a priority, both in your meetings with President Erdogan and in U.S. policy toward Turkey thereafter.”

As Co-Chair of the Hellenic Caucus, Bilirakis has often spoken out against Turkish provocation and threats to the sovereignty of Greece. Bilirakis also serves as a member of the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission.