Obama talks with Erdogan, condemns bombing in Turkey

NEW YORK Tue Sep 20, 2011 7:27pm EDT

Turkish police bomb disposal experts walk at the site of a blast in central Ankara September 20, 2011. REUTERS/Stringer

Turkish police bomb disposal experts walk at the site of a blast in central Ankara September 20, 2011.

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NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama condemned a deadly bombing in Ankara on Tuesday, as he met Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan on the sidelines of the U.N. General Assembly.

"This reminds us that terrorism exists in many parts of the world, and Turkey and the United States are going to be strong partners in preventing terrorism," Obama told reporters at the start of their meeting in New York.

An explosion from a suspected car bomb ripped through a street in the Turkish capital, Ankara, earlier on Tuesday near a neighborhood housing government buildings, killing three people and wounding 15, Interior Minister Naim Sahin said.

(Reporting by Laura MacInnis and Matt Spetalnick; Editing by Peter Cooney)

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