Ask Erdogan about the Lobby

Εθνικός Κήρυξ

To the Editor:

The National Herald is to be commended for highlighting Turkish president Erdogan’s annoyance at the success of the “Armenian and Greek lobbies” in exposing Turkey’s predatory tactics in the eastern Mediterranean (“Ask Erdogan about the Lobby,” May 16, 2020). The Turkish president seems to lump paid professional lobbyists together with non-profit advocacy organizations, but readers should keep the distinction clear.  Speaking for one such non-profit, since 1974 we have consistently urged the U.S. government to apply the rule of law in matters of foreign policy relating to Greece, Cyprus, and Turkey. Sure, we advocate. But the positions we take – and whatever successes we have – are our own. They reflect what we consider to be in the best interests of the United States. We have no clients; we are not the mouthpiece of any government. Let’s not confuse the Greek lobby with the Greek American lobby.

Nick Larigakis, President

American Hellenic Institute

Washington, DC