White House: Obama Urged Erdogan to Withdraw Turkye’s Forces of Iraq

Time: 11:10 p.m. CEST

The White House said on Friday that President Barack Obama talked by phone with the Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on the dispute between Turkey and Iraq on the Turkish military “moves in northern Iraq.”

The President urged Erdogan to de-escalate tensions with Iraq, “including to withdraw Turkish military forces and to respect the territorial integrity of Iraq.”

Both leaders agreed “to work on diplomatic efforts between the United States, Turkey and Iraq to reduce tensions and coordinate military efforts against ISIL.” Obama pointed out the value of Turkish contributions to the counter-ISIL campaign, intensifying cooperation on Syria, to strengthen the moderate Syrian opposition and to create condition for negotiated solutions to the conflict, according to the readout of the conversation published on the White House website.


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