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Obama, Erdogan discuss securing Turkey-Syria border in phone call

By Yerevan Saeed 23/7/2015
US President Barack Obama with his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Washington DC. AFP file photo
US President Barack Obama with his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Washington DC. AFP file photo

WASHINGTON DC—US President Barack Obama spoke to his Turkish counterpart by phone on Wednesday, said a White House statement, to discuss cooperation between both countries in the war against the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL) and securing the Turkey-Syria border.

“The president spoke today to Recep Tayyip Erdogan about deepening our cooperation in the fight against ISIL and common efforts to bring security and stability to Iraq and a political settlement to the conflict in Syria,” said the White House.

According to the statement, Obama and Erdogan agreed to increase efforts to “stem the flow of foreign fighters and secure Turkey's border with Syria.”

Obama’s phone call with the Turkish president came two days after a suicide bomber, believed to be an ISIS member, hit a gathering of young activists in the Kurdish city of Suruc (Pirsus) near the Syrian border, killing 30 and wounding more than 150 people.

The White House said that the US president condemned the Suruc bombing and extended his condolences to the victims’ families. 

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Janet, USA | 23/7/2015
My condolences to the families of the 32........Kurdistan will be strong and free!
United Kurds IF NOT no Kurdistan!!! | 23/7/2015
What the hell is Obama thinking??? Ardogan, akp is the one sending suicider to Suruc. Mr Obama must talk to Apo, pkk,ypg,ypj,Barzani to secure Kurdistan borders, If ever North Korea happens to secure America and Mexico border, then it would be possible some Mangolian Wolffs will secure borders of divided Kurdistan, or border of fake Syria!!!. Long live United Kurds,,,,,,,,,long live Kurdistan Fraind,,,,,,,,,, long live freedom of Kurdistan.
Howraman | 23/7/2015
My deepest condolences to the families, relatives, friends, and speedy recovery for the injured ones. Racist policies of Ankara continue to blight the lives of Kurdish people. We, the Kurds, are disposable people and have been protecting the world from ISIS; We thought the West will facilitate a Kurdish state or at least self-governing. However, Obama and Turkey are up to something and I do not like the smell of it. The Kurds should not forget the American betrayal of 1920s, 1975,Gulf war, seizing Kurdish oil in US last year, giving the arms to Iranian puppets in Baghdad (not arming the Kurds),and much more to come. Are they going to play the same game they played in Afghanistan by changing sides. For instance, the Americans used the South of Afghanistan, against the North and vise versa. Hope for unification of Kurdistan Howraman
david | 23/7/2015
This is a joke, it is Turkish security services that provide, train and smuggle weapons to the terrorists, as Turkey does not like the YPG or the syrian government they prefer the terrorists.
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Karwan Zaro | 23/7/2015
Two slaves to murderers for genocidal conquerors.
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