Obama says Erdogan and Netanyahu speak by phone

Erdogan and Netanyahu spoke by telephone on Friday, U.S. President Barack Obama said in a statement.

Obama says Erdogan and Netanyahu speak by phone

World Bulletin / News Desk

Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu spoke by telephone on Friday, U.S. President Barack Obama said in a statement, in an apparent bid to repair relations between the two U.S. allies.

Ties was broken after Israel troops killed 9 Turkish activists including one American citizen of Turk origin aboard an aid ship aiming to break a siege on Gaza.

"The United States deeply values our close partnerships with both Turkey and Israel, and we attach great importance to the restoration of positive relations between them in order to advance regional peace and security," Obama said in the statement released by the White House just before he ended a visit to Israel.

"I am hopeful that today's exchange between the two leaders will enable them to engage in deeper cooperation on this and a range of other challenges and opportunities," the president said.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 22 Mart 2013, 17:48

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