Travel of Assistant Secretary Richard to Turkey

Media Note
Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
March 18, 2014

Assistant Secretary of State for Population, Refugees, and Migration Anne C. Richard will travel to Ankara and Adana, Turkey, March 19-21. During her visit, Assistant Secretary Richard will meet with Turkish officials, Syrian refugees, and international humanitarian organization staff. She will also visit a camp for Syrian refugees in Adana.

Turkey hosts more than 630,000 registered refugees who have fled the fighting in Syria. Since the start of the conflict, the United States has provided nearly $127 million in humanitarian assistance inside Turkey through UN organizations and non-governmental organizations. In total, the United States has provided more than $1.7 billion to humanitarian agencies working in and around Syria to save lives and alleviate suffering.

Assistant Secretary Richard will attend certain meetings with Deputy Secretary of State Heather A. Higginbottom, who is on a visit to meet with senior Turkish Government officials, civil society leaders, and U.S. diplomatic personnel in Turkey.

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