Turkic American alliance opens new headquarters in Washington D.C.
The Turkic American Alliance (TAA), a leading Turkish-American umbrella organization, opened new headquarters this week in Washington, D.C., with the participation of members of the US Congress and Turkey’s Ambassador to the US Namık Tan. Members of the US Congress who were in attendance at the opening ceremony thanked the TAA for their contribution to the US-Turkey relationship. California Congressman Bob Filner, who had just returned to the US after a TAA-sponsored trip to Turkey, indicated that the nature of the relationship between Turkey and the US has changed as it was a more military-based tie before. “Now we have to have a people-to-people relationship,” Filner said. Ohio Congresswoman Marcia Fudge also congratulated the TAA and thanked the institution on behalf of the young people in Ohio who receive education at TAA schools. Ambassador Tan congratulated TAA head Faruk Taban and other members of the alliance. “You have organized lots of activities in different parts of the United States which I believe made a difference, and it has become a source of inspiration. You made something which is a product of big thinking,” Tan said during his speech.