Media Note
Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
January 23, 2012


The U.S. Department of announced today the launch of its Turkish-language Twitter account @ABDTurk, joining the Department’s 10 official feeds in Arabic, Chinese, English, Farsi, French, Hindi, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, and Urdu. These social media accounts serve as a conduit for the U.S. Department of State to inform and engage publics around the world on foreign policy issues.

U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Turkey Francis J. Ricciardone, Jr. said, “The addition of @ABDTurk to our digital diplomacy at U.S. Mission Turkey underscores the high priority that we place on our relationship with Turkey. We are always seeking to expand the ways in which we can inform and engage with the people of Turkey.”

@ABDTurk complements U.S. Mission Turkey’s existing outreach on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube and represents another step in the United States’ commitment to building a strong 21st century partnership with the government and people of Turkey.

To kick-off @ABDTurk, Ambassador Ricciardone will lead an hour long “Twitterview” on January 31, 2012, at 16:00 hrs local (0900 EST) on U.S.-Turkey relations. U.S. Mission Turkey will begin accepting questions today on @ABDTurk or at http://twitter.com/USEmbassyTurkey.

The launch of @ABDTurk coincides with the Department’s celebration of 21st Century Statecraft month. Twenty-first Century Statecraft complements traditional foreign policy by harnessing the digital networks and technologies of an interconnected world. Throughout January 2012, U.S. officials in Washington, D.C. and at U.S. Missions abroad are hosting digital engagements across multiple social media platforms.



PRN: 2012/100