White House spokesperson Jay Carney has said he expected Saturday's twin car bombings in Hatay to be discussed during US President Barack Obama's talks with Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, who arrived in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday.
On Saturday a car bombs exploded outside the city hall while another went off outside the post office in Hatay's town of Reyhanlı, a main hub for Syrian refugees and opposition activity. Fifty-one people were killed and as many as 100 were injured in the bombings.
Carney, during a press briefing on Tuesday, said he fully expected the Reyhanlı bombings to come up during the talks, along with the Syrian conflict, trade issues and regional instability in the Middle East.
The White House condemned the bombings and vowed that the incident would only strengthen US-Turkey dedication in cooperating to fight instability and violence in the region.
"We stand with Turkey against such horrific violence," said Carney, sending condolences to the families of the victims and expressing sympathy for the wounded.
“The [Turkish] prime minister's visit underscores the close friendship between the United States and Turkey and the strategic importance we place on broadening and deepening our relationship moving forward,” added Carney. "It's important to note always, but particularly appropriate with the arrival of the prime minister, that Turkey is one of our strongest partners,” said Carney.
On Tuesday Erdoğan arrived in Washington for talks with the US president. Erdoğan's spouse, Emine Erdoğan, and Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu along with Deputy Prime Minister Bülent Arınç, Economy Minister Zafer Çağlayan, EU Affairs Minister Egemen Bağış, Defense Minister İsmet Yılmaz, Energy and Natural Resources Minister Taner Yıldız and a number of businesspeople are also accompanying the prime minister on his trip.
The prime minister is expected to start his schedule with a groundbreaking ceremony for the Turkish American Culture and Civilization Center on Wednesday.
His meeting with the Obama is going to take place on Thursday. The Turkish prime minister will also meet with Vice President Joe Biden and Secretary of State John Kerry over lunch and will have talks with Speaker of the US House of Representatives John Boehner later on Thursday. Erdoğan and his delegation will later meet American businessmen at the US Chamber of Commerce and attend a dinner at the White House.
On Friday Erdoğan is set to deliver a speech at the Brookings Institution, an American think tank, and attend a conference organized by the Foundation for Political, Economic and Social Research (SETA). Later, he will attend a reception hosted by the Turkish Embassy in Washington.
As part of his seven-day visit to the US, Erdoğan is also expected to visit world technology capital Silicon Valley as well as meet representatives from Muslim and Turkish communities.
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