Obama, Turkey's Gul discuss mutual concerns on phone

October 17, 2009 10:18 pm 

WASHINGTON, Oct. 18 — U.S. President Barack Obama and his Turkish counterpart Abdullah Gul had a telephone conversation on Saturday over mutual concerns, said the White House.

President Obama expressed appreciation for Turkey's contribution to the U.S.-led operation in Afghanistan, said a White House statement, adding that the two leaders agreed to work closely in the critical weeks ahead.

Obama and Gul also discussed the historic progress that is being made on normalization of relations between Turkey and Armenia, and the need for sustained engagement in resolving the Cyprus problem.

"The two presidents agreed on the importance of continued consultations on these and other key topics on the global security agenda," said the statement.

On April 6 and 7, Obama paid his first official visit to Turkey, which is a close military ally of the United States in Europe and the Middle East.

The U.S.-Turkish relationship focuses on areas such as strategic energy cooperation, trade and investment, security ties, regional stability, the global war on terrorism and human rights progress. (PNA/Xinhua)

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