CCTV.com - CNTV English - CCTV News

Obama meets with Turkish PM, denounces blast

09-21-2011 09:22 BJT

NEW YORK, Sept. 20 (Xinhua) -- U.S. President Barack Obama offered his "deep condolences" Tuesday over a bomb blast in Ankara when he met with Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan in New York on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly.

Obama extended his "deep condolences for the loss of life in the explosion in Ankara," saying "This reminds us that terrorism exists in many parts of the world, and Turkey and the United States are going to be strong partners in preventing terrorism."

The blast in the Turkish capital killed three people, injuring 34 others with three in serious conditions.

Obama called Turkey "a NATO ally and a great friend and partner on NATO issues." He thanked Erdogan for "all the work in Afghanistan."

As a NATO member, Turkey has agreed to host an early warning radar as part of NATO's missile defense shield against long-range and inter-continental ballistic missiles.

Erdogan, who looked rather grim, called Turkey-U.S. relationship "a model partnership."

Both leaders ignored a shouted question about the Palestinians' statehood issue, on which their countries differ, with Turkey backing the Palestinians.

The U.S. opposes the Palestinians' plan to seek their statehood at the UN Security Council, calling it "unilateral and counterproductive." It has been calling for a two-state solution through negotiations.

Three killed in blast in central Turkish capital: deputy PM

Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Besir Atalay said on Tuesday that three people were killed, 12 others were wounded in a strong explosion in the Turkish capital Ankara, the semi-official Anatolia news agency reported.Full story>>

Editor:Wang Xiaomei |Source: Xinhua

Hot Videos view more

The celebrations are still continuing as the victorious coach, Joachim Loew, has been honored for his achievement in his hometown of Freiburg.
Germany coach Loew honored in hometown of Freiburg

Chinese men´s national team continued its preparations for next year´s Asian Cup, as they managed a one-all draw against visitors Jordan during a football friendly in Harbin, the capital city of Northeast China´s Heilongjiang Province.
China held to 1-1 draw by Jordan

The defending world champs came into the contest with a perfect 6-and-oh record, but they would be in for a tough first half before opening things up in the second.
USA beat Slovenia 119-76 in quarter-finals

Hot Stories more

UK authorities believe killer of James Foley is a British national

Across the UK the hunt is on for James Foley’s killer, who authorities believe is a British national. As Richard Bestic reports from London, Prime Minister David Cameron cut short his summer break to lead his government’s response.

Israeli war jets renews Gaza strike as truce talks stalled

Three Palestinians were killed and 40 others wounded in the intensive Israeli war jets´ airstrikes on the Gaza city on Tuesday night, shortly before an end of a 24-hour ceasefire in the Gaza Strip,

Missouri police arrest dozens after violent night

As the protests in the town of Ferguson, Missouri turned violent with police facing ´heavy gunfire´ from some ´criminal elements´, cops fired tear gas, stun grenades and arrested 31 demonstrators on Monday night.

Picture in news more

More Video News

Choose TV Program