WASHINGTON (Dow Jones)–President George W. Bush and Turkish President Abdullah Gul Tuesday discussed the need for more energy supplies, the effort to confront the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) and Turkey’s European Union aspirations.
"We deal with common problems," Bush told reporters after meeting with Gul. "One such problem is our continuing fight against a common enemy, and that’s terrorists."
The U.S., he said, will continue to confront the PKK, a sentiment Gul underscored.
"We will continue to work together to ensure that peace, stability and prosperity continue to grow around the world, and we are also working against our common enemy, the PKK," Gul said.
On energy, Bush, who leaves for the Middle East later Tuesday, said the leaders discussed "the need for all of us to secure more energy supplies." He didn’t elaborate.
Bush also repeated his support for Turkey’s eventual entry into the E.U.
"I strongly believe that Europe will benefit with Turkey as a member of the European Union," Bush said. "I have held this position ever since I’ve been the president. I feel it as strongly today as when I first articulated it."
Earlier Tuesday, White House spokeswoman Dana Perino acknowledged that the U.S. can provide little beyond encouragement to advance Turkey’s E.U. hopes.
"Turkey has obligations that it needs to meet that are set out by the European Union – reforms that the European Union requires for accession to the E.U.," Perino said. "We support Turkey’s desire to be a part of the European Union, and I think we can encourage them to move forward on those reforms."