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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

President Obama called Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan to continue the two leaders’ consultations on regional developments.  The leaders agreed that the Syrian government must end the use of violence now and promptly enact meaningful reforms that respect the democratic aspirations of the Syrian people.  The President and Prime Minister also agreed that it is important to maintain international pressure on Gaddafi in order to transition to a new government that will reflect the will of the Libyan people.  Finally, the President and Prime Minister Erdogan agreed on the importance of a comprehensive Middle East Peace settlement that will ensure regional peace and stability.