Turkish media is reporting on a parliamentary committee from Turkish President Erdoğan’s AKP party meeting with members of the Turkish community in New Jersey. According to the Anadolu Agency report:
The AK Party deputies in the USA met with Turkish community representatives in Paterson, New Jersey, listened to their problems and exchanged views. AK Party Deputy Chairman and Head of Foreign Relations Bursa Deputy Efkan Ala, AK Party Adıyaman Deputy Muhammed Fatih Toprak, Istanbul Deputy Zafer Sırakaya, Elazığ Deputy Ömer Serdar and AK Party USA representative Halil Mutlu attended the meeting. Making a statement to AA, Efkan Ala said, “We are meeting with our citizens and representatives of non-governmental organizations in various states of the USA. Our main goal is to listen to them, take their questions and evaluations, and find solutions to their problems.” said. [Translated by Google]
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According to the article, Ala said that the notes taken at the meeting would be conveyed to President Erdoğan.
Halil Mutlu was, until recently, the co-chair of the Turkish American National Steering Committee, a Turkish-American influence organization. GIOR recently reported on Mutlu becoming the US representative of the AKP.
The Turkish Justice and Development Party (Turkish: Adalet ve Kalkınma Partisi; AKP) is the current ruling party in Turkey led by President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. The party was founded in 2001 by politicians from Islamist political parties who were banned for violating Turkey’s secular order, proclaiming themselves as practicing “conservative democracy” and rejecting the Islamist label. The party narrowly survived an attempt to close it via the courts for violating Turkey’s secularism laws in connection with its lifting of a ban on headscarves at universities. The AKP subsequently passed constitutional amendments weakening the independence of the military and judiciary. The AKP has close ties with the Global Muslim Brotherhood and operates abroad with representative offices in Europe, notably in Belgium. It has announced its intent to open offices in other western countries.