Fw: Whiite house foreign pool. President Obama and President Erdogan

From: HAIM Laurence [mailto:xxx@email.com]
Sent: Tuesday, December 01, 2015 11:22 AM
To: Allen, Jessica L. EOP/WHO
Subject: Whiite house foreign pool. President Obama and President Erdogan

At 9 am we waited for an hour in the basement of the beautiful American embassy in Paris before we were brought into a splendid room where a table was set up with  on it small roses laced with and pine branches. On one side stood the very serious-looking American delegation with The President, National Security Advisor Susan Rice, Deputy National Security Advisor for Strategic Communications and Speechwriting Ben Rhodes and Secretary of State John Kerry. There was an empty seat for the Press Secretary Josh Earnest. There were two other  senior advisors at the end of the table.

I will let the American pooler describe the remarks of the President. Please check the transcript.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan looked at President Obama with a serious expression on his face and began speaking in Turkish, saying, “My dear friend, I would like to thank you for this meeting.” According to the interpreter, they discussed four different fundamental issues. Number one: The joint struggle against ISIS in Syria and the Syrian immigrants. Number two: Recent tensions between Russia and Turkey. President Erdogan said, “We are looking for diplomatic solutions. We want to avoid tensions. We don’t want to be hurt. We want peace to prevail.” Number three: The establishment of a transitional government in Syria. According to the interpreter, President Erdogan said “We are happy so far to see developments on this matter.” Number four: The Turkish descendants, President Erdogan, explained that he would like to see the “resolution of this situation.”

At the end of the meeting, President Obama and President Erdogan shook hands in front of the photographers. Then President Obama stood up and shook hands one by one with all of the official members of the Turkish delegation. The atmosphere was serious and sober. When we left, Secretary of State John Kerry was talking with President Erdogan alone in the room.

On our way to the OCDE building The Presidential motorcade crossed Paris center . All streets empty and we passed quickly  the replica of the Statue of Liberty watching the Seine.

Laura HAIM

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