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Obama, Erdogan speak by telephone on Mideast developments

US President Barack Obama and Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan spoke by telephone Friday about developments in Middle East and "issues related to democracy," the White House said.
Among the regional developments, the two leaders discussed Iran's nuclear program, "and how Iran should engage with the international community in this regard."They discussed how Turkey and the US can jointly support transitions to democracy occurring in countries throughout the Middle East and North Africa.
The two leaders also discussed recent developments in Iraq and Syria, two countries that share a border with Turkey.
They supported a partnership government that brings stability to Iraq, and condemned Syrian President Bashar Assad's "brutal action" against protesters in Syria.
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