Donald Trump had a “very good” conversation with Vladimir Putin, the Russian president, about a diplomatic resolution to the Syrian civil war, including the creation of safe zones, the White House said on Tuesday.
The two leaders held their first known phone discussion since last month’s US missile strikes against a Syrian government airbase soured relations between Washington and Moscow.
“President Trump and President Putin agreed that the suffering in Syria has gone on for far too long and that all parties must do all they can to end the violence,” a White House statement said. “The conversation was a very good one, and included the discussion of safe, or de-escalation, zones to achieve lasting peace for humanitarian and many other reasons.”
The US said it would be sending a representative to ceasefire talks in Astana, the capital of Kazakhstan, on Wednesday. Trump and Putin also discussed cooperation to “eradicate terrorism” throughout the Middle East and how best to resolve the “very dangerous” situation in North Korea.
A Kremlin readout of the phone call said Trump and Putin had focused on the “possibility of coordinating Russian and US actions for the fight against international terrorism in the context of the Syria crisis” and agreed to work to establish a real ceasefire there.
As for North Korea, Putin called for “restraint and lowering the level of tension” on the Korean peninsula.
The readout also laid a timeline for the long awaited face-to-face meeting between Trump and Putin, who had voiced admiration for each other before tensions rose last month.
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