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Turkey

Official name: Republic of Turkey

Capital city: Ankara; largest city is Istanbul

Area: 783,562 square kilometers (302,535 square miles)

Population: 75.6 million

People: Majority Turks (70-75%). Certain non-Muslim minorities recognized under the Treaty of Lausanne including Jews, Armenians and Greeks. Other ethnic peoples include Kurds (18%), Circassians and Bosnians

Languages: Turkish (official), Kurdish

Religions: Turkey is a secular state with no official state religion. Islam is the dominantly practiced religion Turkey; it exceeds 99% (mostly Sunni)

Currency: Turkish lira (TL)

Government type: Unitary parliamentary republic

U.S. – Turkey relations:

The United States and Turkey have established full diplomatic relationships since 1947 when the United States made a commitment to assist Turkey in advancing its economy and stability. The United States has provided loans and grants – around 21 billion dollars – to Turkey. Both countries share common goals of promoting regional security and stability in the Middle East, strategic energy cooperation, trade and investment, security ties, counterterrorism, and human rights progress.

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      Disillusioned and disappointed Palestinians took to the streets in the West Bank, Gaza and Jerusalem on Thursday following US President Donald Trump's decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.
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