Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Monday that terrorism was the common enemy of humanity.
Speaking to journalists about his meeting with U.S. President Barack Obama, Erdogan said, "an important step has been taken at the meeting. The process, regarding terrorism in Turkey, which had been discussed in the oval office also on November 5, 2007, is very important. Terrorism was announced as the common enemy of Turkey, Iraq and the United States. Terrorism is the common enemy of the world."

"We also discussed what kind of studies we can jointly carry out regarding nuclear program. Turkey is ready to do what is necessary for the solution of the process through diplomatic ways. Turkey is also ready to do its best on Israel-Palestine, Israel-Syria relations," Erdogan said.

Referring to Obama's visit to Turkey, Erdogan said Obama had paid his first visit to Turkey and described Turkish-U.S. friendship as model partnership. "We have started to make importance steps to boost relations within the scope of this model partnership," he added.

"Of course this has economic dimension. This also has dimensions in science, arts, technology and military policy. We have appointed some of our officials to pursue the process. Deputy Prime Minister Ali Babacan and State Minister for Economy Zafer Caglayan will pursue this process. I believe that this will carry the bilateral relations to future in a very different way," Erdogan said.

Erdogan said there were steps jointly taken in the region for the Middle East, Iraq and within the scope of Iran's nuclear program, and noted that joint works continued in Afghanistan.

"Turkish Armed Forces took over the command for the third time with the additional troops we have sent there around two months ago. We had the opportunity to discuss the steps made so far and the future steps," he added.

Erdogan said another important step was energy, "Turkey is a transit country in energy. As you know, NABUCCO agreement was signed and we are ready to take serious steps. Talks are underway with Azerbaijan. I believe that we will record progress on the matter. Of course companies like Statoil, Total and British companies are important as well as Azerbaijan."

Turkish Prime Minister said, "we discussed the process between Azerbaijan and Armenia. This process is very important as it interests Turkey-Armenia relations. Normalisation process between Turkey and Armenia is related to this."

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