Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and
Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan spoke by telephone on Friday, US
President Barack Obama said in a statement, in an apparent bid to repair
relations between the two US allies.
"The United States deeply values
our close partnerships with both Turkey and Israel, and we attach great
importance to the restoration of positive relations between them in order to
advance regional peace and security," Obama said in the statement released by
the White House just before he ended a visit to Israel.
"I am hopeful
that today's exchange between the two leaders will enable them to engage in
deeper cooperation on this and a range of other challenges and opportunities,"
the president said.