(Reuters) - Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan and U.S. President Barack Obama discussed how they could work together to speed up political transition in Syria during a telephone call, Erdogan's office said.
Erdogan, who once enjoyed closeties with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, has become one of his fiercestcritics and has demanded he step down in the face of a 16-month-old uprising inwhich thousands of civilians have died.
"In the talks, they took up the co-ordination of efforts to accelerate the process of political transition in Syria, including Bashar al-Assad leaving the administration and the meeting of the Syrian people's legitimate demands," a statement from Erdogan's office said.
The phone call took place on Monday and Turkish media reports said Erdogan and Obama spoke for 36 minutes.
"The two leaders expressed their growing concern about the worsening human conditions in
Syria because of the Syrian regime's attacks
targeting its own people and the regime's savagery, most recently seen in Aleppo," it said.
Obama and Erdogan also discussed the need to work together to assist civilians trying to escape the violence in
There are about 44,000 Syrian refugees in Turkey and there are concerns that the offensive by Assad's army in the northern city of
Aleppo could lead to increasing numbers.
"Prime Minister Erdogan and President Obama agreed on the co-ordination of efforts to help Syrians forced to flee to
and neighboring countries," the statement said.
Finally the world most powerful man President Obama has spoken, we only hope that his wisdom see through all side of problems solving so both
Syria and US
will be building their beneficial relationship forever ever! If US want to do something
they can do! we don’t want angles but relationship that both side beneficial! The
very young fighters committed their revolution, they are not Al Qaeda, they profoundly
care for their people their Syria
betterment and liberation from their suffering,
in this darkest times their courage alone not enough so we asking President Obama his light of guidance see through
end this atrocity! The courageous Syrian people will not forget Yankees’ help