ANKARA, Turkey (AP) – President Barack Obama is pledging U.S. cooperation with the Turkish government to help maintain safety after the failed coup attempt.
In a statement, the White House says Obama received a morning briefing from national security advisers about the situation in Turkey. The White House says there are no indications that any Americans were killed or injured in the violence. Obama stressed the need for the democratically elected government “to act within the rule of law” and avoid actions leading to further instability.
Obama has instructed his team to continue working with the Turkish government to maintain the safety of diplomatic personnel and U.S. service members.
Obama has emphasized Turkey’s role in joint U.S. efforts against terrorism and reiterated the United States’ unwavering support for the Turkish government.
Turkish Prime Minister Benali Yildirim says at least 161 people have been killed as the country fought to overcome a military coup attempt.