The inclusion of Turkey in the so-called list of grey countries that need increased monitoring once again raises eyebrows over the watchdog’s conduct.
The nomination of the former Senator, aimed at not rocking the boat any further, comes at a tense time in relations between the two countries.
Flake's appointment comes as Washington tries to mend ties with its Nato ally.
Turkey's President Erdogan says US President Biden's "unfounded" statement on 1915 events has a "destructive impact" on Turkey-US ties, calling on Biden to turn back from "this wrong step as soon as possible."
US President Joe Biden and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan agree to meet one-on-one during the NATO summit in June.
President Erdogan says Turkey and the US share more common interests than their "differences of opinion."
Stressing the significance the US attaches to relations in all dimensions with Turkey, including trade and economy, US ambassador to Turkey Satterfield said Turkey is an important and valuable strategic partner of the US and a NATO ally.
Besides Turkey-US relations, the top officials from both countries discussed issues pertaining to the east Mediterranean, Cyprus, Afghanistan, Upper Karabakh, Syria, Libya and the Covid-19 pandemic during the nearly hour-long conversation.
Former US envoy to Damascus, Robert Ford, says Ankara's cooperation in fight against Daesh will be easier if the new Joe Biden administration ends direct assistance for PKK/YPG terror group.
Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said at a year-ender briefing on external affairs that the country's relationship with Egypt was not limited to intelligence cooperation and included talks at the diplomatic level.
Turkey's presidential spokesman Ibrahim Kalin and US special envoy for Syria Joel D Rayburn discuss the Syrian crisis and the ongoing constitutional talks during a meeting in Ankara.
Turkey had procured the S-400 missile defence systems from Russia after talks with the US on its American Patriot defence systems had broken down.
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