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The White House
Office of the Press Secretary
For Immediate Release

Statement by President Obama on Turkey and Israel

I welcome the call today between Prime Minister Netanyahu and Prime Minister Erdogan.  The United States deeply values our close partnerships with both Turkey and Israel, and we attach great importance to the restoration of positive relations between them in order to advance regional peace and security.  I am hopeful that today's exchange between the two leaders will enable them to engage in deeper cooperation on this and a range of other challenges and opportunities.