Washington: US President Barack Obama has called on Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan to hold discussions on a wide range of bilateral and regional issues,
The White House said.

The leaders agreed that the Syrian government must end the use of violence now and promptly enact meaningful reforms that respect the democratic aspirations of Syrian people, it said in a statement.

"The President and Prime Minister also agreed that it is important to maintain international pressure on (Muammar) Gaddafi in order to transition to a new government that will reflect the will of the Libyan people," it said.

The two leaders agreed on the importance of a comprehensive Middle East Peace settlement that will ensure regional peace and stability, the statement said.