Erdogan, Obama discuss ways to speed exit of Syria's Assad

By REUTERS
July 31, 2012 09:38

 
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ISTANBUL - Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and US President Barack Obama discussed how they could work together to speed up political transition in Syria during a telephone call, Erdogan's office said Tuesday.

Erdogan, who once enjoyed close ties with Syrian President Bashar Assad, has become one of his fiercest critics and has demanded he step down in the face of a 16-month-old uprising in which thousands of civilians have died.

"In the talks, they took up the co-ordination of efforts to accelerate the process of political transition in Syria, including Bashar Assad leaving the administration and the meeting of the Syrian people's legitimate demands," a statement from Erdogan's office said.

The phone call took place on Monday and Turkish media reports said Erdogan and Obama spoke for 36 minutes.

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