Obama Hasn’t Talked to Turkey’s Erdogan in Five Months

by Ian Tuttle

In an interview with Time’s Fareed Zakaria in January 2012, President Obama said that he could count Turkish prime minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan among his closest international friends. How are the duo getting along? The Times of Israel reports:

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said he has stopped talking to US President Barack Obama on the phone, amid growing strains between Ankara and Washington over Syria and the Gaza conflict. . .

The last phone conversation between the two leaders took place on February 20 after which the White House released a statement accusing Erdogan of misrepresenting the content of the conversation.

Erdogan says that communications between the two countries are taking place through their respective diplomats, and that he has been in touch with Vice President Biden. But added to the cooling of German–American relations because of espionage revelations, one gets the impression that Obama’s international gang of pals is not going to be holding a slumber party anytime soon.