Hughes Gets Earful About Iraq From Turks
Karen Hughes Wraps Up First Mideast Visit by Hearing Criticism From Turks About U.S. Iraq Policy
By SUZAN FRASER
The Associated Press
Sep. 28, 2005 - Sent to improve America's image in the Muslim world, President Bush's public relations chief stressed the need for better dialogue in her brief address Wednesday to Turkish women activists. What Karen Hughes got back was a barrage of criticism about the U.S. war in Iraq.
There is "no chance for America to make its image better ... while the war in Iraq is still going on (and) people are dying every day," Turkish activist Hidayet Sefkatli Tuksal told journalists after meeting with Hughes at a museum in a medieval citadel looming over the modern city of Ankara.
Handed the task earlier this month of countering America's negative image in the Middle East, Hughes traveled to Egypt and Saudi Arabia as well as Turkey key Muslim nations.
In all three countries, the war in Iraq and the plight of Palestinians have been critical issues that have eroded support for the United States. A June poll by the Pew Global Attitudes Project showed that only 17 percent of Turks supported the U.S. war on terror and many considered the United States a threat to world peace.
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