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The White House
Office of the Press Secretary
For Immediate Release

Readout of the President’s Call with Prime Minister Erdogan of Turkey

The President called Prime Minister Erdogan of Turkey just as the 2010 FIBA World Basketball Championship final game between the United States and Turkey was getting underway in Istanbul.  The President congratulated the Prime Minister on the fact that Turkey has hosted an outstanding tournament.  The President said he is rooting for the American team but that whoever wins both teams have played great basketball.  The President also acknowledged the vibrancy of Turkey’s democracy as reflected in the turnout for the referendum that took place across Turkey today.