WASHINGTON- Vice President Biden apologized to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan over comments in which Biden said Erdogan had admitted that Turkey had made mistakes by allowing foreign fighters to cross into Syria.

Erdogan denied ever saying that and told reporters that Biden “will be history for me if he has indeed used such expressions.” Biden spoke with Erdogan by phone, the White House said.  “The vice president apologized for any implication that Turkey or other allies and partners in the region had intentionally supplied or facilitated the growth of (ISIS) or other violent extremists in Syria,” the White House said.