US condemns PKK actions in Iraq

US condemns PKK actions in Iraq

US President Barack Obama and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan discussed the next steps in the campaign against ISIL during a telephone call on Wednesday, the White House said.

Obama "welcomed continued dialogue between Turkey and Iraq to determine the appropriate level and form of Turkey's participation in the Counter-ISIL Coalition's efforts in Iraq, and both leaders affirmed their strong support for the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Iraq," the White House said in a statement.

"President Obama noted the need for close coordination between the United States and Turkey to build on these successes and to apply sustained pressure on ISIL in Syria to reduce threats to the United States, Turkey, and elsewhere," the release stated.

The two leaders also agreed on the need to deny the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) sanctuary in northern Iraq.