Trump discussed with Erdogan the situation in Syria

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Iran-Turkey High Border Commission convenes in Ankara

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says Turkey is anxious by the "arm wrestling" of world powers over Syria, adding he will discuss with Russian President Vladimir Putin how to stop chemical attacks in the country. The source said that the two leaders agreed to remain in close contact on Syrian issues.

In apparent reference to Trump's fondness for posting bold statements on Twitter, he added: "Yet what are they doing?"

While Russia, alongside Iran, has been supporting the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, Turkey has repeatedly called for his ouster and supported Syrian rebels.

Despite the resolution, the Assad regime last month launched a major ground offensive backed by Russian Federation aimed at capturing Eastern Ghouta's last opposition strongholds. This comes after he spoke with President Trump Wednesday about preventing future attacks in Syria.

The alleged chemical attack in rebel-held Douma near Damascus on April 7 sparked global outrage and warnings of possible military action.

Erdogan's warning about potential conformation in Syria echoed similar concerns by Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim who on Wednesday called on Russian Federation and the United States to stop "street fighting" on Syria.

Several countries led by the US, including France and the United Kingdom, are weighing military strikes in response to the Douma chemical attack.

On January 20, Turkey, together with the Free Syrian Army opposition forces, launched Operation Olive Branch in Afrin.

President Erdogan went on to say Turkey would maintain its presence in Syria to ensure the safety of the people. On March 18, Turkish-backed troops liberated Afrin town center, which had been a major hideout for the YPG/PKK since 2012. He also slammed those who support "bloody Assad regime" and YPG/PKK terrorist organizations.

Airstrikes on PKK targets in northern Iraq, where the terror group has its main base in the Mt. Qandil region, near the Iranian border, have been carried out regularly since July 2015, when the PKK resumed its armed terror campaign.

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