Obama calls Turk­ish PM over leaked ca­bles

The Pak Banker - - 6international -

IS­TAN­BUL: Pres­i­dent Barack Obama called Turkey's prime min­is­ter to mend ties fol­low­ing the re­lease on the Wik­iLeaks web­site of U.S. diplo­matic ca­bles con­tain­ing neg­a­tive com­ment about the Turk­ish lead­er­ship, the govern­ment said Sun­day.

Obama called Prime Min­is­ter Re­cep Tayyip Er­do­gan on Satur­day and told him that some of the com­ment in the ca­bles does not re­flect the view of the cur­rent U.S. govern­ment, and that the U.S.-Turk­ish al­liance is vi­tal, Er­do­gan's of­fice said in a state­ment on its web­site.

Ear­lier this month, Er­do­gan re­acted fu­ri­ously to claims re­layed in a 2004 diplo­matic memo that he has money in Swiss bank ac­counts. He said U.S. di­plo­mats should be pun­ished for what he de­scribed as slan­der.

An­other U.S. diplo­matic cable, dated Fe­bru­ary 2009, claimed that Er­do­gan's friends were ben­e­fit­ing from Turkey's busi­ness deals with Iran.

In the con­ver­sa­tion, Er­do­gan said the in­ci­dent will not harm diplo­matic re­la­tions and that he had ap­pre­ci­ated U.S. Sec­re­tary of State Hil­lary Rod­ham Clin­ton's ex­pres­sion of re­gret on the mat­ter, the of­fice said. "It is im­por­tant that the agenda be­tween us not be al­lowed to be changed ar­ti­fi­cially," Er­do­gan's of­fice cited him as telling Obama. -Ap

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