Erdogan, Putin agree to settle Syrian conflict with political solution

ANKARA: Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan talked on the phone to his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin about Syria, agreeing to work to reduce tension and continue efforts for a political solution, Erdogan’s office said on Saturday.

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Erdogan and Putin agreed to “maintain decisiveness to reduce tension on the ground in Syria and continue efforts for a political solution,” Ankara said in a statement.

On Saturday, Trump and his allies had ordered a quick-strike overnight mission in response to a suspected chemical weapons attack a week ago on the rebel-held town of Douma that left more than 40 people dead.

Washington believes both sarin and chlorine were used in the attack, a senior US administration official told reporters on Saturday.

Both the regime of Syria’s Bashar al-Assad and Russia, its ally, have denied all responsibility for the April 7 attack. Moscow slammed the “aggressive actions” of the Western coalition but has not yet responded militarily.

But Russia’s push for condemnation of the strikes at the UN Security Council fell short.

Reuters

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