Bush praises Turkish efforts to protect US Consulate
U.S. President George W. Bush thanked President Abdullah Gül in a telephone conversation for the Turkish government's efforts to protect the U.S. Consulate in Istanbul from Wednesday's deadly attack, said a statement posted on the Web site of the Presidency Press Center.
Bush also offered condolences to the relatives of the Turkish policemen who were killed in the terrorist attack outside the consulate. In response, Gül said he would convey the U.S. leader's messages to the families of the martyrs, read the statement, reported Turkish Daily News.
Gül reiterated Turkey's determination to fight terrorism and highlighted the significance of the existing cooperation between Turkey and the United States in that regard.
The two presidents also discussed developments on some regional issues, the statement said.