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Turkish PM, U.S. president talks over Middle East protests

01-31-2011 11:19 BJT

ANKARA, Jan. 30 (Xinhua) -- U.S. President Barack Obama has phoned Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan to discuss the violent protests in Egypt and other countries in the Middle East region, local media reported Sunday.

Obama and Erdogan expressed concerns over the use of force against the region's people and warned developments in the countries facing protests risked wider instability, the semi-official Anatolia news agency cited a statement from Erdogan's office as saying Sunday.

The two leaders agreed that legitimate and democratic rights of the region's people needed to be met, said the statement.

It also said Erdogan and Obama would continue to be in "closer contact" about future developments.

Despite the appointment of a vice president and new prime minister, anti-government protests continued in central Cairo on Sunday, a sixth day of demonstrations across Egypt.

According to Egyptian Health Ministry, the nationwide death toll had reached 51 by Saturday afternoon. The number may rise.

Editor:Du Xiaodan |Source: Xinhua

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