Obama, Erdogan discuss Ankara bombing, Syria crisis on phone

US President Obama calls Turkish President Erdogan to express condolences for Ankara bombing, says that he shares Turkey’s concerns over Syria crisis

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President Barack Obama speaks during a phone call about Ebola, in the Oval Office of the White House, Oct. 8, 2014, in Washington.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his American counterpart Barack Obama spoke over the phone for over an hour to discuss a host of issues, including Wednesday’s Ankara bombing and the ongoing Syrian crisis, Turkish and US official sources said Friday night.

According to the Turkish presidency's statement, Obama condemned the bomb attack in Turkish capital Ankara that left 28 people dead and 81 others injured on Wednesday.

Speaking to reporters in Washington, White House spokesman Josh Earnest said that during the Obama-initiated call, the two leaders also discussed the situation in Syria.

The Wednesday attack is believed to be carried out jointly by a Syrian-national YPG member and PKK terrorists based in Turkey. The YPG is the armed wing of the PYD, the Syrian affiliate of the PKK, which is recognised as a terrorist organisation by both Turkey and the US.

Obama also offered his condolences for a Thursday attack on a Turkish military convoy in Diyarbakir province that left six people dead, Earnest said.

According to the Turkish presidency's statement, Obama also emphasised his country's determination to back Turkey's national security and its right of self-defence.

The American president also expressed concerns over the advances of the Syrian regime and the YPG forces in northwestern Syria, the Turkish statement added.

The two leaders also discussed recent developments in Syria as well as cooperation in the fight against terrorism between the two countries, the statement said.

Meanwhile, NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg has conveyed his condolences to Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu over the Ankara attack.

Stoltenberg said NATO strongly supports Turkey's fight against terrorism, Turkish Prime Ministry sources said.

TRTWorld and agencies