Obama speaks to Turkish PM over Israel's deadly raid

08:58, June 02, 2010      

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U.S. President Barack Obama on Tuesday spoke to Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan on phone regarding Israel's deadly raid on an aid flotilla which resulted in four deaths of Turkish citizens, in a bid to comfort this furious regional power.

Obama expressed his deep condolences for the loss of life and injuries resulting from the Israeli attack against the Turkish- flagged ship bound for Gaza, a White House statement said.

Obama told Erdogan that the United States is working in close consultation with Israel to help achieve the release of the passengers, including those deceased and wounded, and the ships themselves, said the statement.

He also affirmed the United States position in support of a credible, impartial, and transparent investigation of the facts surrounding this tragedy, it said.

Israel's deadly raid on the aid flotilla had caused nine civilian deaths, four of which is believed to be Turkish.

Before his meeting with U.S. State Secretary Hillary Clinton on Tuesday, Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu demanded the U.S. offer clear condemnation on Israel for the deadly attack.

But Clinton has failed to offer the backing to Turkey, only calling for "careful, thoughtful" responses. Turkey is seen as an important ally of the U.S. in the region, especially on the issue of Iran.

Source:Xinhua

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