Obama calls President Erdoğan and PM Davutoğlu, discusses fight against ISIS

DAILY SABAH
ISTANBUL
Published 10.11.2015 01:06
Updated 10.11.2015 14:43
Obama calls President Erdoğan and PM Davutoğlu, discusses fight against ISIS

U.S. President Barack Obama called President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu on Monday.

Sources said Obama called President Erdoğan at 9:30 p.m. and that that the two presidents discussed regional developments, with a specific focus on war-torn Syria.

Afterwards, Obama called Prime Minister Davutoğlu and congratulated him on the Justice and Development Party's (AK Party) landslide victory in the Nov. 1 general elections. Obama also expressed his appreciation for Turkey's commitment to democracy.

Furthermore, the two discussed strategies for fighting ISIS and the civil war in Syria. U.S. President Obama reiterated his willingness to continue cooperation with Turkey, especially in the fight against terrorism and struggle to solve global problems.

World leaders including U.S. President Barack Obama, Vladimir Putin of Russia and China's Xi Jinping, will be attending the G20 gathering on Nov. 15-16 in Antalya, with the focus likely to be on the Syrian conflict, the war against ISIS and the refugee crisis.

Turkey was represented at the prime ministry level in the ninth summit and will be represented at a presidential level for the first time in the summit in Antalya this year. Two business meals and five main sessions are scheduled for President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. Bilateral discussions are to kick off on Nov. 14 and some leaders will remain in Turkey to hold further meetings until Nov. 17.

Turkish police detained 20 ISIS suspects last week in Antalya. The suspects, including two Russian citizens, were detained in operations carried out simultaneously in Antalya's city center, Manavgat and Alanya, Antalya Security Directorate's Counterterrorism and Intelligence Branch said.

The Istanbul Security Directorate's Counter-terrorism and Intelligence Branch also said they detained 40 Moroccans and a Syrian national who arrived at the city's Atatürk Airport from Casablanca on Wednesday for having links with ISIS. The suspects, who were taken into custody, were interrogated at the airport. Police said some of those held claimed that they were going to Syria's conflict zones to join ISIS. All of the suspects were deported after completion of their interrogation.

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