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Published: Sat, April 14, 2018
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

Erdogan, Trump discuss Syria

Erdogan, Trump discuss Syria

A Turkish presidential source also said that Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Vladimir Putin discussed recent developments in Syria during a telephone conversation.

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says Turkey is anxious by the "arm wrestling" of world powers over Syria, adding he will discuss with Russian President Vladimir Putin how to stop chemical attacks in the country. "The two leaders agreed to stay in close contact about the situation", the White House said, providing no further details.

While Russia, alongside Iran, has been supporting the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, Turkey has repeatedly called for his ouster and supported Syrian rebels.

And in recent months, Turkey has worked closely with Russian Federation despite their differences.

The presidents exchanged views following a suspected chemical attack during the weekend in Douma, a Syrian town northeast of capital Damascus, Turkey's state-run Anadolu Agency reported.

When asked if Turkey will support possible military action by the US against the Assad regime in response to the Douma attack, Aksoy said Turkey "continues to monitor the process closely".

The spokesman also said the US -drafted United Nations Security Council resolution that would have set up an investigation committee into chemical weapons use in Syria, which was vetoed by Russian Federation on Tuesday, was "a missed opportunity".

While Turkey is cooperating with both Russian Federation and Iran to wind down some of the violence in Syria, Ankara has long demanded that President Bashar al-Assad must go and has backed rebels against him.

The spokesman added that Turkey was among the sponsors of the draft resolution.

Trump tweeted: "Russia vows to shoot down any and all missiles fired at Syria".

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has said that Afrin should be handed over to Syria's army.

"He also slammed those who support the "bloody Assad regime" and YPG/PKK terrorist organisations".

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