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US President Barack Obama and Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan are seen during their meeting at the White House in Washington, May 16. Washington has been very vocal regarding the Gezi Park protests. DHA photo

US President Barack Obama and Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan are seen during their meeting at the White House in Washington, May 16. Washington has been very vocal regarding the Gezi Park protests. DHA photo

U.S. President Barack Obama called Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on June 24, Deputy Prime Minister Bülent Arınç told reporters following a Cabinet meeting.

"I know that the conversation was very positive," he said.

The White House said the conversation is about the importance of free expression, following days of violence in anti-government demonstrations.

The two leaders also discussed Syria, and the need to provide more support to rebels both sides support, after Washington signaled it was ready to provide military aid to fighters battling President Bashar al-Assad.

The White House said in a statement that Erdoğan described the situation over Gezi protests.

"The two leaders discussed the importance of nonviolence and of the rights to free expression and assembly and a free press," the statement said.

Arınç said Obama's call was made at 5 p.m. local time and the conversation lasted about one hour.

Washington had been very vocal from the start of the protests over the demolition of Gezi Park in Istanbul, which then spread across the country during recent weeks. Both the U.S. State Department and the White House issued more than a dozen statements calling for restraint and respect for freedom of assembly.

June/24/2013

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ilker avni

6/25/2013 10:39:09 PM

Obama asking Erdogan if he seen "SNOWDON".?

mara mcglothin

6/25/2013 3:36:55 PM

Love this picture! Thats about it. It is the lesser of two evils RIMON.

Brit in Turkey

6/25/2013 11:48:53 AM

Ashley Meyer: That body language (the crossed arms) is the first no-no taught at presentation technique courses!

A European

6/25/2013 10:53:22 AM

He probably got the old "Do as we say or we'll bomb you back into the stone ages" speech that Pakistan once got.

Misses Ataturk

6/25/2013 10:45:05 AM

"The two leaders discussed the importance of nonviolence and of the rights to free expression and assembly and a free press" - Do you REALLY think we are going to believe this rubbish? This means ONLY if it is in keeping with their ideas! Makes me want to vomit...

James Hanvey

6/25/2013 10:44:40 AM

The conversation went somerthing like this: "Dude! What part of freedon of expression, freedom of speech, freedom of assembly, and democracy do you not understand? Didn't Angela Merkel give ou my message? I POSITIVELY don't understand where you are coming from! Stgraighten up, or Bernanke will devalue your currency by another 10%! I ain't lying!"

Dr. Prof. Novnesense

6/25/2013 7:50:04 AM

The photo says it all, losers!

american american

6/25/2013 12:25:53 AM

is an apology to be expected with reparations to be worked out at a later date?

Ashley Meyer

6/24/2013 10:57:36 PM

... and so?!! - does that in some way endorse Erdogan??! Love the body language in the photograph - says it all...

K M

6/24/2013 9:38:40 PM

If Obama did not begin his side of the conversation with, "Yo, knucklehead," I will be disappointed.
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