President Donald Trump and Turkeys president Recep Tayyip Erdogan spoke on Feb. 15 just days after United States and Syrian government forces clashed in northeastern Syria, where Turkeys government is conducting an operation to resettle thousands of Syrian refugees.
Trump discussed the conflicts in the region on Saturday as he called for Russia to put an end to its support for the “atrocities” of the Syrian regime.
In their conversation, Trump and his counterpart “expressed concern over the violence in Idlib, Syria,” Deputy White House Press Secretary Judd Deere told reporters on Sunday. He also thanked Erdogan for Turkeys efforts to prevent a humanitarian catastrophe, Deere continued.
“President Trump conveyed the United States desire to see an end to Russias support for the Assad regimes atrocities and for a political resolution to the Syrian conflict. President Trump also reiterated that continued foreign interference in Libya would only serve to worsen the situation.
In a statement, the Turkish presidency said the two leaders agreed by phone that Syrian government forces attacks in the northwestern province, which killed 13 Turkish troops, were unacceptable. The pair also exchanged views on an immediate halt to fighting in the region.
It comes after Erdogan last week said that Turkeys military will strike Syrian government forces by air or ground anywhere in Syria if another Turkish soldier is hurt.
Erdogan said Turkey is determined to push Syrian government forces beyond Turkish observation posts in the northwestern Idlib region by the end of February, and he warned allied Syrian rebels not to give government forces an excuse to attack.
Violence has flared in the province, just south of Turkeys border, in recent weeks as government forces backed by Russia and Iran have made gains in their Read More – Source