On Monday, April 20th, the ATC hosted Turkey’s Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu at a luncheon sponsored by Raytheon. The luncheon, hosted at The Ritz-Carlton, Georgetown, was attended by a sizable Turkish delegation, Turkey’s Ambassador to the U.S. Serdar Kılıç, U.S. Ambassador to Turkey John R. Bass, and ATC members and guests including Raytheon VP of Foreign Policy and National Security Affairs, Kurt E. Amend, and former Ambassador Richard L. Armitage.
The luncheon opened with a few comments by ATC President Howard G. Beasey, who welcomed Foreign Minister Çavuşoğlu and thanked his delegation for their attendance. Former Ambassador Richard L. Armitage later introduced Foreign Minister Çavuşoğlu who then spoke on the importance of the U.S.-Turkey partnership, and more specifically, the crucial role of the ATC in strengthening bilateral relations. Foreign Minister Çavuşoğlu expressed his appreciation for the ATC, labeling the organization a “crucial vehicle in the evolution of U.S.-Turkey relations.”
The luncheon ended with an exchange of gifts. President Beasey and Raytheon VP of Foreign Policy and National Security Affairs, Kurt E. Amend, presented the Foreign Minister with his gift, and expressed deep gratitude and optimism for the U.S.-Turkey partnership moving forward. Foreign Minister Çavuşoğlu responded in kind.