Turkey, Russia leaders discuss Syria’s situation

Monday, 2019-11-11 09:19:47
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Russian President Vladimir Putin (R) speaks with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan during their meeting in the Black sea resort of Sochi, Russia October 22, 2019. (Photo: Reuters)
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NDO – Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan and Russia’s Vladimir Putin discussed the situation in Syria and bilateral relations in a phone call on November 9, reported Reuters.

Turkey’s presidency said that in the phone call, the two leaders once again affirmed to enforce the commitments in the agreement reached by both sides in Sochi (Russia) on October 22 on the withdrawal of Kurdish forces from the northern Syria bordering Turkey. In addition, the two sides discussed promoting bilateral relations and increasing trade between the two countries.

* On November 9, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said that Syria needs to return to the Arab League (AL) and that it would be a significant step in ending the crisis in the country. According to a press release from the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, in an interview with Armenia's Mediamax news agency, Lavrov stressed that the return of Syria to the "Arab family" is an integral part of the ultimate solution to the crisis in Syria.

* Syria was suspended from AL membership in November 2011, after the outbreak of armed conflict in the country. Several Arab countries have recalled ambassadors from Damascus. At a high-level meeting in March in Tunisia, AL discussed the possibility of restoring Syria's membership but has not reached a consensus.