Apr 12 2019

Bolton, Kushner will not attend U.S.-Turkey event in D.C., list shows

U.S. National Security Advisor John Bolton and Jared Kushner, senior advisor to President Donald Trump, are not expected to attend a conference organised by U.S. and Turkish non-government groups in Washington D.C. starting April 14.

Bolton’s name was removed from a participant list published on the web site of the 37th Annual Conference on U.S.-Turkey Relations two weeks ago. Kushner’s name was also missing.

Sabah newspaper, which has close ties to Turkey’s government, said earlier on Friday that Bolton and Kushner would be among the attendees.

The conference is occurring during a diplomatic crisis between Turkey and the United States over Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s planned purchase of Russian S-400 defence missiles. U.S. officials have threatened economic sanctions against Turkey should Erdoğan go ahead with the deal.

Turkish Treasury and Finance Minister Berat Albayrak, Erdogan’s son-in-law, is attending the event, which is also occurring immediately after annual meetings of the International Monetary Fund and World Bank in the U.S. capital.

Joseph Dunford, head of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, will also attend along with Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross, according to the website.

Turkish Defence Minister Hulusi Akar and Trade Minister Ruhsar Pekcan are among other senior Turkish participants.

Deputy Secretary of Energy Dan Brouillette, who Sabah said was expected to attend, did not appear in the list of participants. His counterpart, Turkish Deputy Secretary of Energy Alparslan Bayraktar, was listed as an attendee.