SHOTLIST:

AP TELEVISION - AP CLIENTS ONLY

Munich, Germany - Feb 1, 2013

1. SOUNDBITE (English) Joe Biden, US Vice President:

"I also really appreciate your expression of sympathy for the - I don't have much detail, but what was characterised as a terrorist attack on our embassy in Ankara, and to the best of our knowledge there have been some injured. We don't have the detail yet but it reinforces what has been the case since I have been in public life, particularly the last fifteen years, the very close counter terrorism cooperation that exists between Germany and the United States."

STORYLINE:

US Vice President Joe Biden and German Chancellor Angela Merkel both expressed dismay at an attack outside a US embassy in Turkey on Friday.

"We don't have the detail yet but it reinforces what has been the case since I have been in public life, particularly the last fifteen years, the very close counter terrorism cooperation that exists between Germany and the United States," Biden said at a security conference in Munich.

The State Department confirmed a terrorist attack on Friday just outside the US Embassy in Ankara and told Americans to stay away from US diplomatic offices throughout Turkey.

Officials in the Turkish capital said a suspected suicide bomber detonated an explosive in front of the embassy, killing himself and one other person at the entrance gate.

US Ambassador Francis Ricciardione identified the other death as an embassy guard.

No Americans were believed to be injured in the attack, officials said.

"I want to express my sympathy with everyone affected, and say that we wish only the best for those affected," Merkel said.

Biden stopped Friday morning in the German capital Berlin for talks with Chancellor Angela Merkel before travelling on to the Munich Security Conference.

He told reporters his message was that without a strong Europe, "it is not conceivable how America's interests can be met around the world."

Top global diplomats and defence officials are gathering in Munich for an annual security conference expected to focus on the fighting in Mali and Syria and Iran's nuclear programme.

The conference, in its 49th year, is renowned as a setting where top officials are able to address policy issues in an informal setting.

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