WASHINGTON, Aug. 7 (Xinhua) -- U.S. President Barack Obama on Wednesday spoke by phone with Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan over developments in Syria and Egypt, the White House said.
Obama made the phone call from California, where he was on a tour, at the request of Erdogan, the White House said in a statement.
"The President and Prime Minister (Erdogan) discussed the danger of foreign extremists in Syria and agreed on the importance of supporting a unified and inclusive Syrian opposition," it said.
The two leaders also "expressed concern about the situation in Egypt and a shared commitment to support a democratic and inclusive way forward," the statement said, adding that they agreed to continue to coordinate closely to promote the shared interests.
It was the second time that Obama called Erdogan since the Turkish leader's May visit to the White House, during which the two NATO allies discussed cooperation on resolving the Syrian crisis despite their differences over Turkey's close ties with the Hamas movement in Gaza Strip and its feud with Israel, Washington's staunch ally in the Middle East.
On a June 23 phone call, Obama and Erdogan also discussed the Syrian situation, including the alleged use of chemical weapons by the Syrian government against the rebel forces, increasing cooperation on supporting the Syrian opposition and strengthening counter-terrorism efforts.