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Trump, Putin stress ensuring 'stability of a unified Syria'

Trump, Putin stress ensuring 'stability of a unified Syria'

Turkish Chief of General Staff Gen. Hulusi Akar met his Russian and Iranian counterparts to discuss security issues, collaboration in the fight against terror groups as well as the reduction of violence in Syria and de-escalation zones, which were established after the Astana talks, the statement said.

The phone conversation comes after Syrian President Bashar al-Assad was asked to visit Russia to get him to agree to potential peace initiatives drafted by Russia, Iran and Turkey.

Trump called it a "great call" Tuesday afternoon as he left the White House to spend Thanksgiving in Florida.

On the phone call, the Kremlin said the USA and Russian presidents also discussed Trump's criticism of the Iranian nuclear deal, unrest in Ukraine, and counter-terrorism efforts in Afghanistan.

In a telephone call on Tuesday, Russia's Vladimir Putin and Saudi Arabia's King Salman spoke on the latest efforts on achieving peace in Syria.

Ankara Moscow and Tehran are cooperating with increasing intensity on ending the over six-year civil war in Syria that has left 330,000 dead and millions homeless

Mr Putin hosted Mr Assad in the Black Sea resort of Sochi yesterday.

The convocation of "an inclusive inter-Syrian dialogue" is aimed at restoring confidence between different factions and seeking compromises in the interests of a united and strong Syria, the statement read, Xinhua news agency reported.

Trump and Putin spoke informally several times when they attended the Apec summit in Vietnam.

White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders confirmed the call, and said a readout from the USA side will be coming soon.

Putin has also scheduled talks with the leaders of Turkey and Iran to discuss the way forward in Syria. They agreed on a number of principles for the future of war-torn Syria.