Obama, Erdo?an discuss Syria, agree meaningful reforms must be enacted



President Barack Obama spoke with Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdo?an on Monday about the situation in Syria, 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 the Syrian people,” the White House said in a statement.
The two leaders’ talk came hours after Syrian President Bashar Assad pledged what he called “national dialogue” in his third address after the three-month uprising against his 11-year rule has started and unveiled a vague set of reforms regarding political parties and media law that he said might be implemented by September.
Turkish Prime Ministry said late on Monday that Erdo?an and Obama agreed to monitor the developments in Syria closely.
In addition to Syria, Obama and Erdo?an also discussed the latest developments in Libya. The statement said the two leaders agreed on the targets of NATO strike mission in Libya and reiterated that political transition process in the country must be concluded soon.

According to the statement, Obama and Erdo?an also agreed that Turkey and the US should work together on assistance to Libyan people. The two leaders also exchanged views on the fourth meeting of the Libyan Contact Group, scheduled to take place in ?stanbul on July 15-16.

Obama also discussed with Erdo?an the stalled Middle East peace process and the two leaders reached a consensus the peace process was of vital importance for the peace and stability in the region.

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