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Turkey and US relations visibly improved in 2011, reflected by the Obama-Erdoğan friendship, despite strained relations between US ally Israel and Turkey. AP photo

Turkey and US relations visibly improved in 2011, reflected by the Obama-Erdoğan friendship, despite strained relations between US ally Israel and Turkey. AP photo

U.S. President Barack Obama named Turkey's Recep Tayyip Erdoğan among the five leaders that he has established relations based on confidence, in an interview with Time.

In an interview with Fareed Zakaria, the Editor-at-Large of Time magazine, Obama named Turkish PM Erdoğan, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, South Korean President Lee Myung-bak, and British Prime Minister David Cameron among leaders that he was able to forge "bonds of trust."

Responding to a question on whether his style of diplomacy was “very cool and aloof,” and that he does not “pal around” with his counterparts, Obama said that the “friendships and the bonds of trust” that he has been able to forge with a whole range of leaders is “precisely, or is a big part of, what has allowed us to execute effective diplomacy.”

“I think that if you ask them, Angela Merkel or Prime Minister Singh or President Lee or Prime Minister Erdogan or David Cameron would say, we have a lot of trust and confidence in the President,” Time quoted the U.S. President as saying. “That’s part of the reason we’ve been able to forge these close working relationships and gotten a whole bunch of stuff done.”

Obama noted that the U.S. alliances with NATO, Japan, South Korea, our its close military cooperation with countries like Israel have “never been stronger.”

“In the United Nations, not only do we have a voice, but we have been able to shape an agenda,” Obama said. “And in the fastest-growing regions of the world, in emerging markets, in the Asia-Pacific region ... countries are once again looking to the United States for leadership.”

January/20/2012

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Chris Green

1/23/2012 1:26:07 PM

Andreas G: (Cyprus) You should not forget how 'skilled' you people are at propaganda and lobbying whereas Turkey are far more enigmatic. But Turkey protect North Cyprus and the region with a might that you cannot even dent less still dislodge!

Vangelis Denaxas

1/22/2012 7:20:29 PM

Turks are lucky to have him as P.M. Noone is perfect and he has surely done some mistakes but at least he gave some reasons to his people to be proud of.

Nuri Gotham

1/21/2012 4:38:48 PM

It is good to be trusted by Obama but it is better to be trusted by your own people.Ironically, Mr.Erdogan has not kept the promises he gave to Turkish people; EU membership,Kurdish rights,true murderers of H.Dink,Uludere, 1981 coup leaders etc.

Another View

1/21/2012 12:08:52 AM

So, mr. Erdogan's stock is very high with the planet leader. And yet we hear from this newspaper all the time that little " half of a country called Greek Cyprus has managed to convince the whole world that Turkey is wrong on Cyprus". .?

sam stevens

1/20/2012 8:30:39 PM

Anyone who believes a word nObama says is just plain gullible.

GERARD SELTZER

1/20/2012 6:42:25 PM

Relationships, even among friends, are subject to change. Nothing is permanent.

Chris Green

1/20/2012 6:30:08 PM

Well said, Richard and may I add President Gul to the accolade too!

Richard Byrne

1/20/2012 3:54:28 PM

Erdoğan will go down as one of the great world leaders of this emerging century. Eat your heart out Rick Perry...let grown men govern well.

Chris Green

1/20/2012 2:11:58 PM

This is a somewhat different position than that adopted by the failed presidential candidate, Mr Perry and probably presents a more accurate assessment of bi-lateral TK/US relations, whereas such relations between the UK & TK are not in doubt!
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