Erdogan, Obama speak by phone

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Call touches on international, domestic issues

Call touches on international, domestic issues

WASHINGTON - U.S. President Barack Obama spoke by phone with his Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Wednesday to discuss a host of issues including the extremist threat posed by the Syrian conflict, energy issues, Cyprus and the rule of law.

During the conversation, “The President affirmed the value he places on a strong, mutually respectful bilateral relationship with the Republic of Turkey and expressed his view that Turkey can demonstrate leadership in the world through positive engagement,” according to the White House.

Both Obama and Erdogan acknowledged the importance of close cooperation between their two nations on the Syrian conflict “to address the growing terrorist presence in Syria and on the shared interest in continuing efforts to advance a political solution to the Syria conflict.”

Regarding Iraqi energy exports, both Erdogan and Obama agreed on the need for greater cooperation between the Kurdistan Regional Government in northern Iraq and Baghdad.

In addition, Obama thanked the Turkish Premier for his ‘constructive role’ in the effort to renew negotiations on Cyprus.

Obama also noted "the importance of sound policies rooted in the rule of law to reassure the financial markets, nurture a predictable investment environment, strengthen bilateral ties, and benefit the future of Turkey.”

Erdogan "noted the launch ceremony for the Boeing 737 Peace Eagle on Friday."

The two leaders also discussed the importance of a 'quick conclusion' to the normalization of relations between Tel Aviv and Ankara.

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