Obama discusses Libya, Syria with Turkish PM   2011-04-26 08:05:00 FeedbackPrintRSS

WASHINGTON, April 25 (Xinhua) -- U.S. President Barack Obama and Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Monday had a phone conversation regarding Libya and Syria, the White House said in a statement.

Obama expressed "appreciation" for Turkey's efforts in Libya and its participation in the NATO operations, said the White House.

The White House said the two leaders agreed that "attacks against civilians" must stop, and urged Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi to "step down" and leave Libya "permanently."

It said the two also expressed their "deep concern" about the Syrian government's "unacceptable use of violence."

The White House added that the Syrian government "must end the use of violence now" and "promptly enact meaningful reforms."

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Editor: Xiong Tong
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