Turkey's Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan speaks during an Iftar meal to break their Muslim fast with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in Istanbul July 18, 2014. (AP Photo/Emrah Gurel)
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Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said he has stopped talking to U.S. President Barack Obama on the phone, amid growing strains between Ankara and Washington over Syria and the Gaza conflict.A staunch advocate of the Palestinian cause, Erdogan has recently been at loggerheads with Washington over Israel's offensive in the besieged Gaza Strip that has killed more than 590 Palestinians in two weeks.Erdogan accused the Jewish state of carrying out "state terrorism" and a "genocide" of Palestinians and criticized the United States for defending Israel's "disproportionate" tactics.
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