Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Donald Trump Discuss Syria in Phone Call

Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said he discussed the Syrian crisis and other regional issues with President Donald Trump in a phone call. Erdogan’s office stated that the presidents also talked about the relations between their country during the telephone conversation on Friday.

Their discussion comes a few days after Erdogan attended the trilateral meeting with the Russian and Iranian leaders, Vladimir Putin and Hassan Rouhani in Russia aimed at reaching a peaceful solution to the Syrian conflict, the Associated Press reports.

Relations between NATO allies Turkey and the United States have soured over a number of issues, including U.S. support to Syrian Kurdish fighters which Ankara considers to be terrorists because of their links to outlawed Kurdish rebels in Turkey. Earlier, Trump tweeted that he’d be speaking with Erdogan “about bringing peace to the mess that I inherited in the Middle East.”

“Will be speaking to President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey this morning about bringing peace to the mess that I inherited in the Middle East. I will get it all done, but what a mistake, in lives and dollars (6 trillion), to be there in the first place!” Trump tweeted Friday morning.

Trump did not specify which countries his discussions would focus on. During his campaign, Trump railed about the conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq, but in the last few months, he boasted about progress.

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