Turkish PM Erdogan and U.S. President Obama
Turkish PM Erdogan and U.S. President Obama at the Nuclear Security Summit in Washington on April 12, 2010 Photo by AP
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U.S. President Barack Obama spoke with Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Saturday and expressed his regrets for the Wikileaks exposure of diplomatic cables.

Obama said that WikiLeaks' actions were "deplorable." The two leaders agreed that the exposure of the cables would not disrupt cooperation between the U.S. and Turkey.

Two weeks ago, Erdogan accused U.S. diplomats of slander after leaked cables said he had accounts in Swiss banks, painted him as an authoritarian who hates Israel and leads a government with Islamist influences.

The trove of diplomatic messages released by WikiLeaks revealed a complex and difficult relationship between the United States and its NATO ally, with U.S. diplomats casting doubts over Ankara's Western orientation and at times clashing with Turkish officials over Iran's nuclear program.

"The United States should call its diplomats to account," Erdogan told an audience in Ankara in his first comments on the leaks, which received wide coverage in Turkish media.

"The U.S. is responsible in first degree for the slanders its diplomats make with their incorrect interpretations. There are lies and incorrect information in those documents," he said.