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Working the Phones: Obama Calls Turkish, Qatari Leaders on Libya

Official White House Photo by Pete Souza (file)(SANTIAGO, Chile) -- As President Obama continues his five-day South American trip, so do his calls with international leaders on the conflict in Libya. The president, traveling on Air Force One, called the Emir of Qatar to thank him for contributions to the international coalition in Libya.

President Obama also called Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey on Monday evening “to continue their consultations on the situation in Libya,” the White House said, emphasizing appreciation for Turkey for facilitating the release and safe passage to Tunisia of four New York Times journalists who had been detained in Libyan custody.

The White House said that both leaders reaffirmed their full support for the implementation of U.N. Security Council Resolutions 1970 and 1973, in order to protect the Libyan people.

Turkey, the only Muslim nation in NATO, has expressed concern about the military action against the Libyan government.  The Turkish foreign minister said the objective should be "not to launch a large-scale war.” But Turkey is helping the U.S., U.K., Italy and Australia with diplomatic functions within Libya.

Edrogan on Monday told deputies of his party that Turkey will not be a part of the military operation and “would never ever be a party to pointing weapons at the Libyan people."

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