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Obama speaks to Turkish leaders; discusses Afghan-Pak, Iraq

world Updated: Feb 17, 2009 09:54 IST
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In his first conversation with the Turkish leadership, US President Barack Obama has spoken to President Abdullah Gul and Premier Recep Tayyip Erdogan and discussed a wide range of issues, including Afghanistan and Pakistan.

This was the first exchange between Obama and the Turkish leadership after he became the US President last month. Much details of the conversation were not available.

Obama and Turkey's leaders "discussed a number of current issues, including US support for growing Turkish-Iraqi relationship, the importance of cooperation in Middle East peace efforts, and the US review on Afghanistan and Pakistan policy," the White House said in a statement.

Turkey has played a crucial role in improving the relationship between Afghanistan and Pakistan in the past few years. The country has also hosted two Afghan-Pak summits in the last two years to reduce differences between Kabul and Islamabad.

White House said Obama had warm and productive phone conversations with Turkish President Gul and Prime Minister Erdogan. Both discussions were wide-ranging, it said.