During the call made by Erdoğan, Obama offered his condolences for the loss of soldiers and civilians in recent terrorist attacks. At the end of the conversation, the two leaders reached a consensus to continue to be in close contact and to further their dialogue on regional issues.
Obama delivered the message, "we stand by you in the fight against terrorism." Erdoğan in return emphasized that Turkey is determined to continue the fight against terrorism.
After the telephone call, the Prime Ministry released an announcement stating, "Mr. Obama has relayed his condolences for the attacks, including the most recent ambush on a military convoy, which has resulted in an increase in deaths amongst security forces and civilians."
Erdoğan also relayed his condolences to Obama for the death of U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens as well as three other embassy staff. Erdoğan brought up the issue of Islamophobia which is quickly spreading in the West and stated that in order to put up an effective fight, Turkey and the United States would have to work together.
The third topic Erdoğan and Obama discussed was the situation in Syria. The Prime Ministry announcement emphasized that both leaders expressed their intentions to work closely together on the Syria issue.
This is a translation of an article originally written by Yahya Bostan.
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