U.S. and Turkey in “constant conversation”

The legal issue is not ours. But we're talking government to government about how Turkey can move forward.

The legal issue is not ours. But we're talking government to government about how Turkey can move forward.

WASHINGTON D.C. – U.S. officials have been in “constant conversation” with their Turkish counterparts amid concerns of freedom of expression in Turkey, the U.S. State Department said.

U.S. officials expressed their concerns during a call on Tuesday initiated by Turkey’s telecommunications authority.

“Our folks discussed Turkey's new Internet law, the shutdown of Twitter and they shared U.S. positions on Internet freedom, privacy and Internet governance,” said Marie Harf, State Department deputy spokesperson. “The legal issue is not ours. But we're talking government to government about how Turkey can move forward."

Contact between U.S. and Turkish officials is a “constant conversation,” Harf said, with dialogue between the two governments both on the ground and in other venues.

The State Department opposes any action that encroaches on the right of free speech or free expression and continues to urge the Turkish government to allow its citizens’ access to YouTube and Twitter, Harf said.

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