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    Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan (R) speaks with US President Barack Obama (L) during a bilateral meeting on the sidelines of the G20 Turkey Leaders Summit in Antalya. (File)

    Obama, Erdogan to Talk ‘Relatively Soon’ in Wake of Coup Attempt in Turkey

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    US President Barack Obama is expected to talk to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan soon for the first time since the attempted coup in Turkey, White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said during a briefing on Monday.

    WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — Late on Friday, an attempted military coup took place in Turkey with tanks seen on the streets of the capital of Ankara and the largest city of Istanbul, as the military tried to take control of the country. By early Saturday, the coup had been suppressed.

    "The President [Obama] has not spoken to President Erdogan since the events of this weekend, but I would anticipate that President Obama will be on the phone with President Erdogan relatively soon," Earnest stated.

    Over 290 people were killed and hundreds were injured during the attempted coup.

    As of Monday, dozens of officials, including high-ranked military personnel, have been arrested in the fallout from the coup attempt. Additionally, tens of thousands of police, military personnel, judges and prosecutors have been fired, according to Turkish media reports.

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