White House deputy national security adviser Ben Rhodes, speaking to reporters after the two leaders met, said Washington and Ankara were open to considering further “non-lethal” aid for the Syrian armed groups at a “Friends of Syria” meeting in Turkey on April 1.
The two leaders met prior to the start of the summit at the Grand Hyatt Seoul. The two leaders held a joint press conference after their nearly one-and-a-half-hour-long meeting.
Obama said the political developments in Syria dominated the agenda of the meeting. He said they are “very much in agreement” that transition to legitimate government in Syria is needed, adding that Erdogan is an “outstanding” partner.
Erdogan said his Iran visit this week will be about Syria and that he discussed this with Obama along with developments in Iraq.
Erdogan headed to Seoul on Friday evening in order to attend the 2012 Seoul Nuclear Security Summit to be held on March 26-27. The Seoul Nuclear Summit, which will be attended by roughly 60 national representatives from Europe, Asia and the US, aims to facilitate detailed discussions on how international cooperation can be used to mitigate nuclear threats. World Bulletin
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