Readout of the President’s Call with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey

The White House
Office of the Press Secretary

The President spoke today by phone with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to express his condemnation of, and offer condolences for, the January 12 terrorist attack in Istanbul. The two leaders pledged to deepen cooperation in the fight against terrorism and reiterated their shared goal of degrading and ultimately destroying ISIL. The President also condemned the recent string of PKK attacks against Turkish security forces and stressed the need for de-escalation.