Merkel and Macron seek talks with Putin and Erdogan on Syria

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron told Russia’s Vladimir Putin on Thursday they want to meet him and Turkey’s Recep Tayyip Erdogan to defuse the crisis in Syria.

France 24 reports that in their phone call with the President Putin, Merkel and Macron expressed their “concern over the humanitarian catastrophe for residents of Syria’s Idlib province”, Merkel’s office said.

The two European Union leaders “expressed their willingness to meet President Putin and Turkish President Erdogan to find a political solution to the crisis”, the chancellor’s office said.

Merkel and Macron “called for an immediate end to the fighting and unfettered humanitarian access to people in need”, their statement said.

Via France 24 

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