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Obama to meet with Turkey's Erdogan on Asia trip

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WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama will meet with the president of Turkey next week when he travels to Asia for meetings with world leaders.

The White House says Obama and Recep Tayyip Erdogan (REH'-jehp TY'-ihp UR'-doh-wahn) will meet Sunday on the sidelines of a major economic summit. The two will discuss Turkey's recent assault against the Islamic State group in Syria and rising tensions with Kurds in the region.

Obama is due to arrive in China on Saturday for what is likely his last visit to Asia as president. Obama will also meet with Chinese President Xi Jinping (shee jihn-peeng) for talks on climate change and security.

The trip will also include a stop in Laos, the first ever from a sitting American president.

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