Obama discusses with Turkey’s Erdogan over Yemen’s crisis
According to a White House official, President Barack Obama had an hour-long discussion with Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan on Thursday about pressing issues in the Middle East, including the crisis in Yemen and Ukraine, the ongoing nuclear talks with Iran, and cooperation in the fight against Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS).
The call was initiated by Turkey, sources in the Turkish president's office said, since it came on a day when Erdogan complained that "Iran is trying to dominate the region" and must withdraw forces from Yemen, Syria and Iraq. Turkey and the United States support the Saudi-led military operation against Houthi forces in Yemen, when the latter are supported by Iran.
White House: “We appreciate Turkey's continuing support to nearly two million refugees from Iraq and Syria”
According to the UN refugee agency, Turkey is hosting over 1.6 million Syrian refugees.
The leaders also discussed U.S.-led negotiations over Iran's nuclear program. Erdogan is scheduled to visit Tehran in April.
Sources: Daily Sabah, Reuters