Outgoing US President Obama offers Erdoğan condolences for nightclub attack

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U.S. President Barack Obama waves at the conclusion of his annual end-of-year news conference at the White House in Washington, USA on December 16, 2016.

US President Barack Obama, who is going to leave office on Jan. 20, spoke with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan by telephone to offer his condolences for the victims of a nightclub attack in İstanbul on Sunday.

In a White House statement on Tuesday, Obama also welcomed efforts by Turkey to facilitate a nationwide cease-fire in Syria.

Thirty-nine people died and 69 were wounded when a gunman attacked people celebrating the new year at the Reina nightclub on the shores of İstanbul’s Bosporus at around 1 a.m. on Sunday.

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