Statement by the Press Secretary on the Visit of Prime Minister Erdogan of Turkey

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President Obama will welcome Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey to the White House on Monday, December 7. Turkey and the United States enjoy a strategic partnership and historic friendship. Turkey, a NATO ally, is an important partner in addressing shared challenges. The President looks forward to consulting with Prime Minister Erdogan on a broad range of strategic issues of mutual concern, including implementing our shared strategy for Afghanistan and Pakistan, advancing economic and security cooperation with Iraq, advancing non-proliferation goals, promoting a settlement of the Cyprus problem, normalization of relations with Armenia, Middle East peace efforts, and human rights.