Turkish, US presidents discuss Syria over phone

Orient Net 2020-01-03 13:24:00

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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan discussed the situation in Syria and Libya with his US counterpart, Donald Trump, in a telephone call, Turkey's Communications Directorate said Thursday (January 2). 

The talk came hours after Turkish parliament voted in favor of sending troops to the northern African country. 

Erdogan said Turkey is monitoring developments "with concern and sorrow" regarding protests against the US Embassy in Baghdad and welcomed an end to incidents surrounding the foreign compound.

Erdogan and Trump "stressed the importance of diplomacy in resolving regional issues," the Turkish Presidency said.

The two leaders also discussed bilateral relations and the Syrian war, according to a statement by the directorate. 

"Highlighting the significance of diplomacy in solving regional issues, Erdogan and Trump agreed to boost cooperation for mutual gain in bilateral relations," said the statement. 

As well, the White House issued a readout of the phone call, confirming the two leaders discussed bilateral and regional issues. 

"President Trump pointed out that foreign interference is complicating the situation in Libya. The leaders agreed on the need for de-escalation in Idlib, Syria, in order to protect civilians," said White House spokesman Hogan Gidley. 

Based on DS, AA