Erdoğan talks Syria with Macron, Putin over phone


President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan had two phone conversations on April 14 with his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron and Russian President Vladimir Putin, Turkey’s state-run Anadolu Agency reported.

The phone conversations follow Saturday morning’s U.S., France and UK coordinated airstrikes against the Bashar al-Assad regime in Syria.

Erdoğan on Saturday stated that Turkey supported the U.S.-led operation which was said to be in response to an April 7 chemical attack in Douma by the Bashar al-Assad regime. Staunch Assad supporter Russia, however, spoke out against the attacks, stating there would be consequences for the airstrikes.

Erdoğan discussed bilateral and regional issues with the French and Russian leaders, Anadolu Agency said.

While Erdoğan highlighted the importance of working with France and Russia to resolve Syrian crisis and importance of not escalating tensions in Syria, French president Macron shared information with Erdoğan about the latest U.S.-led airstrikes on Syria, sources said.

Erdoğan and Putin confirmed resolution to continue joint effort to find a political solution to the Syrian crisis, agreeing to staying in close contact on bilateral and regional issues.

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