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    Biden to Hold Meeting With Erdogan While Obama Likely to Have Conversation

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    White House spokesperson Josh Earnest declined to say whether US President Barack Obama had rejected a private meeting at Erdogan’s request during the Nuclear Security Summit.

    WASHINGTON (Sputnik) – US Vice President Joe Biden will sit down for a formal meeting with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan during this week in Washington, DC, while President Barack Obama is likely to have a conversation with his Turkish counterpart, White House spokesperson Josh Earnest said on Wednesday.

    "I would anticipate that the vice president will sit down in a formal meeting with President Erdogan when he's is here and I certainly wouldn't rule out a conversation between president Erdogan and President Obama when he's here as well," Earnest said during a press briefing.

    The spokesman declined to say whether Obama had rejected a private meeting at Erdogan’s request during the Nuclear Security Summit.


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