US Vice-President Joe Biden and Turkish President Abdullah Gul discussed issues of common concern including the Syrian crisis and the Iranian nuclear file, on Friday.
Biden arrived Thursday from Iraq and met the Turkish Parliament Speaker Cemil Cecik on breakfast prior to his meeting with the Turkish leader, Anadolu Agency said.
The talks between the two sides focused on the the nine-month-old turmoil in Syria, especially the violence and repression against pro-democracy as well as developments in the Iranian nuclear file, it added.
Biden called on Turkey to join the US and European efforts to prevent Tehran from acquiring nuclear weapons, urging the imposition of sanctions on Iran’s nuclear program, the Turkish (NTV) news television announced.
Furthermore, Biden asked Turkey to pressure the Syrian regime to stop the daily blood-shed and violence imposed on protestors who call for their freedom.
The United States will continue to work with Turkey on common interests in the Middle East and North Africa, it added.
Biden’s visit includes holding several meetings with senior officials as well as participation in the Global Entrepeneurship Summit that commences in Istanbul tomorrow.