Obama: US- Turkish ties 'more important than ever'

December 19, 2010 16:57

US President Barack Obama said that "given the increasingly complex challenges the world faces, I believe that US-Turkish cooperation is more important now than ever," in a written response Sunday to the Turkish newspaper Hurriyet.

In his written remarks Obama addressed Israel ties with Turkey, differences over Iran policy, and Turkey's bid for European Union membership."As with our other close allies and friends, we will sometimes disagree, as was the case on the vote on Iran sanctions in the UN Security Council. Notwithstanding our differences about tactics, I firmly believe Turkey shares the goal of preventing a nuclear-armed Iran," he said.

Obama also urged Turkey to mend its ties with Israel saying, "Turkey and Israel are both key allies of the United States... I encourage both nations to do everything they can to repair their relations."

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