Leaders of both countries agree on protecting civilians in Idlib and to continue to cooperate to avoid a new humanitarian crisis in the region.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan  his American counterpart Donald Trump with  during a meeting on the sidelines of the G-20 summit in Osaka, Japan, Saturday, June 29, 2019.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan his American counterpart Donald Trump with during a meeting on the sidelines of the G-20 summit in Osaka, Japan, Saturday, June 29, 2019. (AP)

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan spoke by phone early on Thursday with his US counterpart Donald Trump, according to Turkey’s Presidential Communications Directorate.

Erdogan and Trump discussed developments in Syria, particularly in Idlib province, as well as bilateral relations, the directorate said in a statement.

It emphasised that both countries agreed on protecting civilians in Idlib and to continue to cooperate to avoid a new humanitarian crisis in the region.

Turkey and Russia agreed last September to turn Idlib's southern border into a de-militarised zone some 15 to 20 kilometres deep along the line of contact between the armed opposition and regime troops.

The Syrian regime and its allies, however, have consistently broken the terms of the ceasefire, launching frequent attacks inside the zone.

The two leaders also reiterated their resolve to increase the bilateral trade volume to $100 billion, the statement said.

Erdogan also said he was pleased with the steps taken at the recent G7 summit regarding Iran, the statement said.

He also tapped on the appointment of new US Ambassador to Turkey David Michael Satterfield, who presented his letter of credentials on Wednesday.

Trump nominated Satterfield as the country's ambassador to Turkey in February. The US Senate confirmed the nomination in late June.

The last American ambassador to Ankara was John Bass, who served from 2014 to 2017.

Bass left Turkey in October 2017 amid a visa crisis between Washington and Ankara. The post had since been vacant.

Diplomatic relations between Turkey and the US were established in 1927 after the foundation of the Turkish Republic in 1923.

Source: TRTWorld and agencies