Obama urged Erdogan to coordinate the efforts of Turkey and Iraq against ISIS

WASHINGTON, Oct 27 — RIA Novosti, Alexei Bogdanovsky. President Barack Obama told Turkish leader Recep Tayyip Erdogan on the need to coordinate efforts with Iraq against the banned terrorist group “Islamic state”, according to the White house.

“The President welcomed the ongoing dialogue between Turkey and Iraq, in order to determine the appropriate level and form of participation of Turkey in the coalition effort against ISIS in Iraq. Both leaders affirmed strong support for the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Iraq,” the statement reads.

Obama also thanked Turkey for supporting the Syrian opposition against ISIS in North-West Syria and stressed the need for cooperation between the US and Turkey.

The US had previously expressed concern about the possible participation of Turkey in operations against the IG in Iraq and said that Turkey should act with the permission of the government of Iraq.