October 29th, 2009
06:38 PM ET
5 years ago

Obama to meet prime minister of Turkey at White House

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During a visit to Turkey in April, President Obama and the Turkish Prime Minister toured ancient monuments in Instanbul. (Photo Credit: Getty Images/File)

WASHINGTON (CNN) - President Barack Obama will host Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan at a White House meeting on December 7, the White House announced Thursday.

Obama and Erdogan will discuss implementing a "shared strategy" for Afghanistan and Pakistan, increasing economic and security cooperation with Iraq, Middle East peace efforts, normalizing relations with Armenia and other issues, a White House news release said.


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  1. ggb

    Does Obama have his head in the sand to even think something like this is plausible???? Please, someone with world knowledge/politics, brief the man. I just returned from Turkey and the people HATE him. They made darn sure they told me whenever they realized I was an american. The people of Eastern Europe and the Mediterranean feel...in their words...BETRAYED by our president. This is what you get when you elect a freshman senator, who voted present and whose only experience is as a community organizer. Not exactly credentials to lead a country!

    October 29, 2009 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  2. Jasmine in Germany

    This is another step forward. Both men look beyond borders towards world peace and stability. This might be the beginning of a beautiful relationship. All the best to Obama and Erdogan, I hope their meeting is fruitful.

    October 29, 2009 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  3. m smith

    Im sure some repo will think this is bad and make a stink. I am glad the president is trying to participate in world affairs and that our image has improved.

    October 29, 2009 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  4. TINA

    Will the Whitehouse invite the 5+ million unemployed Citizens of this country and 5+ million losing their houses? There is time for pleasure and sacrifices. This time is definitely a sacrificial year for mere middle class Americans as the Whitehouse and politicians dine and party using the hardworking (unfortunately with no jobs) middle-class individuals.

    October 29, 2009 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  5. Dale

    Someone will criticize Obama for this. Come on, birthers, feel the hatred well up in you... feel the strength of the dark side! You can do it! I know someone can find a reason to make a hateful anti-Obama comment that has some tenuous connection to this article. :D

    October 29, 2009 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  6. Idiot_Pelosi

    TURKEY meets THE JOKER......

    How appropriate.

    October 29, 2009 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  7. aa

    Armenians want them to recognize the genocide what they did to our country. 1.5 Armenians were killed by turkes and we need them to return our land back to us!!!!

    October 29, 2009 08:03 pm at 8:03 pm |
  8. aa

    Armenians want them to recognize the genocide what they did to our country. 1.5 million Armenians were killed by turkes and we need them to return our land back to us!!!!

    October 29, 2009 08:04 pm at 8:04 pm |
  9. Mike, formerly from Syracuse

    The President FROM Turkey, meets a President who is a turkey.

    October 29, 2009 08:44 pm at 8:44 pm |
  10. Liberals are Hypocrites (but OF COURSE CNN won't print this!

    Geeze - now Obama even has to ask Turkey about a strategy for Afghanistn and Pakistan . . .

    But wait - it'll be a nice photo op for Michelle and he toned arms.

    October 29, 2009 09:16 pm at 9:16 pm |
  11. D.

    This prime minister is a turkey indeed! Mixing religion into a secular constitution!

    October 29, 2009 11:18 pm at 11:18 pm |