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01/28/04 - White House

Bush Seeks To Reassure Turkey On Iraq

President Bush has been doing his best to reassure Turkey about the Kurds in northern Iraq.

In an Oval Office meeting, the president told Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan America supports an Iraq that is "territorially intact."

The Turks are staunchly opposed to giving the Kurds expanded self-rule. Ankara fears Kurdish control of oil-rich northern Iraq could lead to an independent state, and stir up separatism across the border in Turkey's own Kurdish areas.

Erdogan seemed satisifed. He told reporters, "We share the same views."

Bush praised Erdogan as a staunch ally in the war on terror, and said both nations know what it means to be a target of al-Qaida.

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