Trump, Erdoğan discuss Syria in phone call: Turkish presidency

In a telephone call Thursday, Turkish officials said the two leaders discussed Syria and agreed to maintain "close contacts" concerning bilateral and regional issues
Thursday, 01 November 2018 20:28

Turkish President Tayyip Erdoğan and U.S. President Donald Trump discussed Manbij and Idlib in northern Syria in a call on Thursday and stressed their determination to strengthen ties, Erdogan's office said.

Their conversation came as Turkish and U.S. troops began conducting joint patrols around the Syrian town of Manbij, as part of an agreement that aimed to ease tensions between Washington and Ankara. Ties were strained over Turkish demands for the withdrawal of U.S.-backed Kurdish YPG militants.

"Our President and U.S. President Trump stressed their determination to take constructive steps towards strengthening U.S.-Turkey bilateral relations further," the statement said, while also referring to developments in Syria's Idlib region.

The leaders discussed the cooperation agreement in Manbij.

Turkish officials say Trump and Erdoğan have agreed to take "constructive steps" toward strengthening ties.