White House expects Turkey to uphold democratic freedom

June 13, 2013 20:50

WASHINGTON - The White House on Thursday said Turkish authorities should uphold the freedoms of expression and assembly, and individuals should not be punished for exercising their rights amid a police crackdown on anti-government protests.

"Turkey is a close friend and ally of the United States, and we expect the Turkish authorities to uphold these fundamental freedoms," White House spokesman Jay Carney told reporters.Carney said US Secretary of State John Kerry had spoken with his counterpart in Turkey, and that there had been other communication between the United States and Turkey about the protest at different levels.

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