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For­mer Sec­re­tary of State Madeleine K. Al­bright crit­i­cized Tur­key’s lack of press free­dom and its grow­ing close­ness to China, as she ad­dressed a ma­jor for­eign pol­icy con­fer­ence in Is­tan­bul.

“It’s no se­cret the U.S. is deeply con­cerned about press free­doms in Tur­key and that a coun­try we view as a vi­tal NATO ally has even con­sid­ered pur­chas­ing mis­sile de­fenses from China,” Mrs. Al­bright, who served in the Clin­ton ad­min­is­tra­tion, told the At­lantic Coun­cil En­ergy and Eco­nomic Sum­mit last week.

Tur­key is ne­go­ti­at­ing the pur­chase of a mis­sile-de­fense sys­tem from a Chi­nese firm un­der U.S. sanc­tions for sell­ing weapons to Iran.

Mean­while, Tur­key’s main op­po­si­tion Repub­li­can Peo­ple’s Party is plan­ning to hold a Sun­day evening re­cep­tion to in­au­gu­rate an of­fice in Wash­ing­ton. Party leader Ke­mal Kil­ic­daroglu is ex­pected to at­tend.

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