Barack, Erdogan say Syrian gov't must end violence now

US President Barack Obama on Monday spoke by phone with Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan telling him the US expressed deep concern about the violence in Syria.
"The leaders agreed that the Syrian government must end the use of violence now and promptly enact meaningful reforms that respect the democratic aspirations of Syrian citizens," the White House said.
Earlier, the US announced it was considering sanctions against Syrian government officials to increase pressure on President Bashar al-Assad to end the violent crackdown on protesters, a US official said on Monday.
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