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Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan shared evidence of the use of chemical weapons when he met President Obama at the White House on May 16, according to senior Turkish officials.

More than 400,000 Syrian refugees have poured into Turkey since the start of the war.

Mr. Atalay also discussed his government’s recent truce with Kurdish rebels and the ongoing protests in Turkey over the government’s plans to redevelop Istanbul’s Gezi Park.

The protests led to violent clashes between police and protesters in Istanbul’s Taksim Square that continued for nearly two weeks.

Mr. Erdogan met with groups of protesters on Thursday night and said on Friday that his government would halt the redevelopment plan until a court rules on the issue.

Mr. Atalay said “radical elements” had hijacked what started off as a peaceful protest, but he also faulted the police crackdown on the protesters.

“Some mistake were made,” he said.

Mr. Atalay said he was dismayed by the international media coverage of the protests and said it would be a great injustice to Turkey to conclude that what was happening in Taksim Square is an extension of the Arab Spring pro-democracy movements that are sweeping the region.

“You should not compare it to Tahrir,” he said, referring to the square in Cairo which was the birthplace of the protests that toppled Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak’s regime in 2011.

“If someone says so, they do not know Turkey very well,” he added.