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January 11, 2018 5:31 PM Erdogan calls on Putin to end attacks in northern Syria by regime forces

ISTANBUL, Jan 11 (Reuters) - Turkey's Erdogan told Russia's Putin on a phone call on Thursday that for the Sochi Summit and the Astana process to succeed, Syrian regime's attacks on Idlib and East Ghouta have to be stopped, Turkish presidential sources said. Turkey has been fiercely opposed to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad during his country's six-year-old 6

December 30, 2017 8:23 PM Turkey's Erdogan to discuss Syria with Macron in Paris

PARIS, Dec 30 (Reuters) - Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan will visit Paris on Jan. 5 to meet his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron, with the conflict in Syria high on the agenda, a source in the French president's office said on Saturday. Among the regional crises the two leaders plan to discuss, there would be a particular focus on Syria as well as on the Palestinian 4

December 27, 2017 1:42 PM Turkish president calls Syria's Assad a 'terrorist'

TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) - Syria's peace efforts cannot include President Bashar Assad, Turkey's leader said Wednesday, calling him a "terrorist." President Recep Tayyip Erdogan spoke during a visit to Tunisia at the end of a four-day Africa trip focusing on economic issues. At a joint news conference with Tunisian President Beji Caid Essebsi, Erdogan called 7

December 27, 2017 12:13 PM Turkey's Erdogan says Syria's Assad a terrorist, impossible to continue with him

TUNIS, Dec 27 (Reuters) - Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan on Wednesday called Syrian President Bashar al Assad a terrorist and said it was impossible for Syrian peace efforts to continue with him. "Assad is definitely a terrorist who has carried out state terrorism," Erdogan said at a televised news conference with his Tunisian counterpart Beji Caid Essebsi 3

December 18, 2017 1:22 PM Russia to help Syria rebuild energy facilities

OSCOW, Dec 18 (Reuters) - Russia will be the only country to take part in rebuilding Syrian energy facilities, Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin said on Monday, after holding talks in Syria with President Bashar al-Assad, the RIA news agency reported. Rogozin was speaking a week after President Vladimir Putin ordered "a significant part" of Moscow's 2

December 17, 2017 9:47 PM Macron sees February end to fight against Islamic State in Syria

PARIS, Dec 17 (Reuters) - The military campaign against Islamic State in Syria should be completed in February following the end of fighting against the militant group in Iraq, French President Emmanuel Macron said. "On December 9, Iraqi Prime Minister (Haider al-) Abadi announced the end of the war and the victory over Daesh, and I think that by mid- to late February 6

November 22, 2017 8:29 AM Saad Hariri attends Independence Day celebrations on return to Lebanon

Lebanon’s prime minister Saad Hariri has joined Independence Day celebrations in his first official appearance after returning to the country following a near three-week absence. His appearance came hours after his return, following his sudden resignation statement issued from Saudi Arabia, which stunned Lebanon. Mr Hariri’s resignation on November

November 21, 2017 12:15 PM The Latest: Putin calls Saudi king to discuss Syria

The Kremlin says Russian President Vladimir Putin has called Saudi King Salman to discuss peace initiatives for a solution to Syria's war. In this photo taken on Monday, Nov. 20, 2017, Russian President Vladimir Putin, second from left, Syrian President Bashar Assad, left, and Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu meet with Russian military chiefs in the Bocharov 3

November 11, 2017 11:56 AM Israel downs Syrian drone over Golan Heights: army

The Israeli army said it had shot down a Russian-made Syrian drone carrying out a reconnaissance mission over the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights on Saturday. The drone was intercepted by a Patriot missile in the demilitarised zone between the Israeli- and Syrian-controlled parts of the Golan, a military spokeswoman said in a statement. "The State of Israel 1

November 3, 2017 2:30 PM U.S. official met Syrian security chief in Damascus-official, report

BEIRUT, Nov 3 (Reuters) - A senior U.S. official met Syria's national security chief in Damascus this week in the highest ranking visit to Syria by a U.S. official since the start of the war in 2011, a senior regional official close to Damascus told Reuters on Friday. The Lebanese newspaper al-Akhbar first reported the visit earlier on Friday, saying 10