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Erdogan, who once enjoyed close ties with Syrian President
Bashar al-Assad, has become one of his fiercest critics and has
demanded he step down in the face of a 16-month-old uprising in
which thousands of civilians have died.

“In the talks, they took up the co-ordination of efforts to
accelerate the process of political transition in Syria,
including Bashar al-Assad leaving the administration and the
meeting of the Syrian people’s legitimate demands,” a statement
from Erdogan’s office said.

The phone call took place on Monday and Turkish media
reports said Erdogan and Obama spoke for 36 minutes.

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