Search

 

Cablegate: Secretary Clinton Letter to President Gul On

VZCZCXYZ0021
OO RUEHWEB

DE RUEHC #9113 0290147
ZNR UUUUU ZZH
O 290140Z JAN 10
FM SECSTATE WASHDC
TO AMEMBASSY ANKARA IMMEDIATE 1676

UNCLAS STATE 009113

SIPDIS

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: TSPA PREL TU
SUBJECT: SECRETARY CLINTON LETTER TO PRESIDENT GUL ON
TURKISH SPACE REQUEST (S/ES: 201000523)

1. Please deliver the following message from Secretary
Clinton to President Gul. There will be no signed
original.

2. Begin Text:

Dear Mr. President:

Thank you for your recent letter regarding the interest
of the Republic of Turkey and the Turkish Air Force in
human spaceflight. I congratulate Turkey on the
upcoming 100th anniversary of the Turkish Air Force.
The United States greatly values the strong cooperation
between our countries' air forces, as well as the work
we have done together in the areas of science and
technology. We look forward to continuing our strong
partnership.

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
is retiring the Space Shuttle in 2010 or shortly
thereafter. All of the crew assignments for the five
remaining flights have been filled for some time given
the advance planning and training required for each
flight. As a result, it will not be possible to
schedule a Turkish pilot to fly on the Space Shuttle to
the Space Station in 2011.

Nonetheless, the United States is continuing plans for
future human space flight missions on vehicles being
developed to replace the Space Shuttle. We anticipate
significant international participation in that effort.
In the interim, there are also opportunities for
cooperation on research on the Space Station on a
bilateral basis. NASA will engage the appropriate
authorities in Turkey to explore possibilities for
future cooperation.

Sincerely yours,
Hillary Rodham Clinton

End Text.
CLINTON

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
World Headlines

 

UN: Decades Of Health Gains At Risk In Brazil Due To COVID-19

Although COVID-19 cases are declining in Brazil, the pandemic is putting decades of public health gains there at risk, the head of the World Health Organization ( WHO ) said on Friday. With global attention and support focused this week ... More>>

UN Report: Myanmar Approaching Point Of Economic Collapse

The turmoil following the military coup in Myanmar, coupled with the impact of COVID-19 could result in up to 25 million people – nearly half of the country’s population, living in poverty by early next year, a United Nations report said on Friday. That ... More>>

World Vision: India’s Second Wave Shows The Global Fight Against COVID-19 Is Far From Won

As India’s COVID-19 daily infection rates reach devastating levels, international aid agency World Vision has warned that the world is nowhere near defeating this virus and some nations are yet to face their worst days. Andrew Morley, World Vision ... More>>

Focus On: UN SDGs

Study: Cut Methane Emissions To Avert Global Temperature Rise

6 May 2021 Methane emissions caused by human activity can be reduced by up to 45 per cent this decade, thus helping to keep global temperature rise to 1.5 degrees Celsius in line with the Paris Agreement on climate change, according to a UN-backed ... More>>

UN: Learning From COVID-19, Forum To Highlight Critical Role Of Science, Technology And Innovation In Global Challenges

New York, 4 May —To build on the bold innovations in science, technology and innovations that produced life-saving solutions during the COVID-19 pandemic, the UN will bring together experts to highlight measures that can broaden the development and deployment ... More>>

What COVID-19 Has Taught Us: “Healthcare Can No Longer Exist Without Technology”

A grandmother in a village in the Gambia should have the same quality of life and access to healthcare they deserve as in New York or London. Photo: InnovaRx Global Health Start-up Works To Bridge Healthcare Gap In The Gambia By: Pavithra Rao As ... More>>