Obama tells Turkish PM, leaked cables 'not official views'

Erdogan said U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's expression of sadness and apology over the incident was "praiseworthy".

Obama tells Turkish PM, leaked cables 'not official views'

Wikileaks disclosures will not harm diplomatic relations between Turkey and United States, a statement from the office of the Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan quoted him as telling U.S. President Barack Obama on a telephone conversation on Saturday.

"It is important that we do not allow an artificial agenda change the course of our relations. Obviously, it is very disturbing to witness that information based on rumors had found its way into official documents in such style and content. However we are ready to work with you to do what needs to be done in this process," the statement quoted Erdogan as telling the U.S. president.

Erdogan also said U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's expression of sadness and apology over the incident was "praiseworthy".

The statement said Obama, on his part, had told the Turkish premier that the contents of the leaked diplomatic cables did "not reflect the official views" of the U.S. administration or the U.S. diplomatic corp.

"I want you to know that U.S.-Turkish partnership is one the most important relations in the world. Its roots are in our history and it promises a lot for the future. I personally cherish our friendship and sincere dialogue between us. We are saddened by hardship that this incident has caused," Obama told Erdogan.

The statement also said Obama thanked Erdogan for two fire-fighting planes Turkey sent to help Israel in its effort to put up a forest fire.

"Besides being a humanitarian gesture, this is a sign of respect and friendship. I hope this gesture will speed up normalization of relations," Obama said.

The statement said Erdogan, in return, told Obama that Turkey's demand for an official apology and redress should be met before relations with Israel could go back to normal.


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