Obama calls Turkish PM over leaked cables

By ASSOCIATED PRESS
December 12, 2010 17:44

ISTANBUL — President Barack Obama called Turkey's prime minister to mend ties following the release on the WikiLeaks website of US 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 US government, and that the US-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 US diplomats should be punished for what he described as slander.


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