Erdogan, Obama discuss cooperation in Syria

Turkish President Erdogan and US counterpart Obama discuss bilateral cooperation against ISIS and Russian military activities in Syria

Photo by: AP
Photo by: AP

Turkish President Erdogan and US counterpart Obama are seen together in this archive photo.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and US President Barack Obama had a talk on the phone, discussing the cooperation against ISIS  and Russian military activities in Syria, on Thursday.

A statement by Turkish Presidency said that "The two leaders confirmed their shared goal of increasing military pressure on ISIS and reinforcing the moderate opposition to provide the necessary conditions for a political transition in Syria."

Turkey, which shares a long border with Syria, is a member of the US led-coalition forces fighting to destroy ISIS for a political solution of Syrian conflict.

Obama also conveyed his condolences to Erdogan for the deadly terror attack in Ankara on Oct.10 and mentioned that the US was in solidarity with Turkey against the threats for security of the country.

The deadly bombing on Saturday killed at least 97 people and injured over 500 in Turkish capital Ankara when thousands of people gathered in front of the city’s main train station where a “peace march” was set to begin on Oct. 10

The statement said Obama and Erdogan also agreed on an urgent need to end attacks in Turkey by PKK which is recognized as a terrorist organization  by Turkey, the US and EU.

PKK terror attacks have killed 140 security officials and over 30 civilians since the PKK’s umbrella organisation, KCK, unilaterally ended a two-year-long ceasefire with the government on July 11.

Erdogan and Obama had also negotiations about the agenda topics of G20 summit in Turkey’s Antalya, which will start on Oct.15, during the phone call.


TRTWorld and agencies