Erdogan and Trump agree to stay in close touch on Syria

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Speaking in Ankara, Mr Erdogan said Turkey would maintain its presence and activities in Syria until the country became safe for everyone.

All this without even an FYI to the US administration that once played a major role in the oil-rich region. This is not the first time that Assad's regime uses chemical weapons.

Russian tourists visited Turkey past year and made Turkey the top tourism market for Russians, with a 12.7 percent of share in the total, according to the statement. They repeated the attack this month. Trump threatened new retaliation, which Russian Federation vowed to stop.

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The comments come in the wake of Trump's tweet warning Russian Federation to "get ready" for "new and "smart" missiles that "will be coming" to Syria.

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.

Nonetheless, Trump's instincts are to abandon the region, which much of his staunch base approves. He recently announced a complete pullout from Syria of about 2,000 special operations advisers.

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She added: "It's some of the worst piece of fake news we've yet seen from the Russian Federation propaganda machine". Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov warned Western intervention in Syria would "lead to new waves of migrants to Europe".

The current situation in the Kurdish-dominated Syrian city of Afrin remains quite tense since it went under the full control of the Turkish military forces in late March as a result of its military offensive in the area dubbed Olive Branch. But Erdogan regards the Kurds as terrorists and has now thrown in his lot with Putin and Iran. "One supports terror elements, supporting the PKK/PYD/YPG, and they act with them in Syria".

Still pending this spring is Trump's decision to abandon Obama's nuclear deal with Iran. Trump has threatened to - wait for it - slap sanctions back on Iran.

The meeting was jointly presided over by Abbas Baqerpour, the Director General for worldwide and Legal Affairs at theIranian Foreign Ministry, and Burak Ozugergin, the Directorate General for Bilateral Political Affairs (Maritime-Aviation-Borders) at the Turkish Foreign Ministry.

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