U.S. President George W. Bush called Turkish President Abdullah Gul and offered his condolences over the armed attack outside the U.S. Consulate General in Istanbul, President's Press Office said on Friday.
Bush told Gul that U.S. government was grateful for what Turkish government did to protect U.S. diplomatic establishment in Istanbul and offered his condolences to families of three Turkish police officers who were killed, the statement said.
Gul said he would convey U.S. government's condolences to families and reaffirmed Turkey's determination against terrorism, it said.
Four gunmen attacked the U.S. Consulate General in Istanbul with pistols and shotguns on Wednesday, killing there police officers. Three assailants were also killed in the clash.
Gul also highlighted the importance of ongoing cooperation between Turkey and the United States against terrorism, and that the two leaders also discussed several regional issues during their phone conversation, it added.
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