White House: US and Turkey to 'accelerate' Syria transition
Washington says Obama, Erdogan shared concerns over Damascus regime's crackdown on opposition, adding democratic transition 'would include departure of Assad'
Published: 07.31.12, 00:35 / Israel News
President Barack Obama and Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan spoke by telephone Monday "to coordinate efforts to accelerate a political transition in Syria," the White House said. This "would include the departure of (Syrian leader) Bashar Assad and be responsive to the legitimate demands of the Syrian people," the statement said. Obama and Erdogan shared their concerns over the Syrian regime's crackdown on opposition "and the deteriorating humanitarian conditions throughout Syria as a result of the regime's atrocities."
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