Erdoğan, Saudi King Salman discuss Syrian crisis, regional issues in phone call

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Turkey President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and Saudi Arabia’s King Salman discussed the Syrian crisis, regional issues and bilateral relations in a phone call on Saturday.

According to the presidential sources, Erdoğan gave information to King Salman about the trilateral Sochi summit carried out on November 22 with the participation of Turkey, Iran and Russia, and the ongoing Astana process as part of efforts to find a solution to the crisis in Syria.

Turkey, Russia and Iran are the guarantor countries that brokered a cease-fire in Syria in December 2016, leading to the Astana talks, which are running parallel to the Geneva talks for peace in Syria. The three countries have carried out negotiations in the Kazakh capital since then and agreed on the formation of five de-escalation zones in Syria.

Syria has been locked in a deadly civil war since early 2011, after the Assad regime cracked down on pro-democracy protests with brutality, leading to the death of thousands of people and to the displacement of more than 10 million others.

Source: Daily Sabah

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