Washington: US President Barack Obama and Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan have agreed to coordinate their efforts to accelerate political transition in Syria, the White House has said.

In a statement, the White House said President Obama and Turkish Prime Minister spoke by telephone to coordinate efforts to accelerate a political transition in Syria, which would include the departure of President Bashar al-Assad and be responsive to the legitimate demands of the Syrian people.

"The two leaders shared their growing concerns about the Syrian regime's ruthless attacks against its own people, most recently in Aleppo, and the deteriorating humanitarian conditions throughout Syria as a result of the regime's atrocities," the statement said.

Obama and Erdogan pledged to coordinate efforts to assist the growing numbers of displaced Syrians, not only within Syria, but in Turkey and the broader region, it said, adding the US President acknowledged the generosity of the Turkish people in hosting so many Syrians who have fled their homes.

"They agreed that US and Turkish teams would remain in close contact on ways that Turkey and the United States can work together to promote a democratic transition in Syria," the White House said.


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