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Kerry arrives in Turkey

ROUGH CUT - NO REPORTER NARRATION U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry arrived in Istanbul on Sunday (April 7) for talks with Turkish leaders as part of a trip to Western Europe and Asia to consult allies on issues including Syria's civil war. Washington regards Turkey, which shares a 900 km (560-mile) border with Syria, as a pivotal player in backing the Syrian opposition and planning for an era after Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. A month ago, on his first visit to Turkey since taking office, Kerry criticised Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan for a comment likening Zionism to crimes against humanity, a spat that cast a shadow over talks between the NATO allies. But a few weeks later, U.S. President Barack Obama brokered a tentative reconciliation between Turkey and Israel during a trip to Israel. The rapprochement between the two U.S. allies could help regional coordination to contain spillover from the Syrian civil war and ease Israel's diplomatic

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