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US' Trump congratulates Erdogan on referendum win
US' Trump congratulates Erdogan on referendum win

US president spoke with the Turkish leader Monday following a referendum with the telephone call also covering the Syria crisis

World Bulletin / News Desk

 U.S. President Donald Trump on Monday congratulated President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in a telephone call following a “Yes” win on a constitutional referendum, the Turkish Presidency’s press office said.

The call came a day after more than 51 percent of Turks voted in favor of 18 constitutional amendments that will, among other things, see Turkey switch from a parliamentary to a presidential system of governance.

The two leaders also discussed a Syrian regime's chemical attack April 4 that killed approximately 100 civilians and injured 500 others in the opposition-held town of Khan Sheikhun in Idlib province.

Investigators in Turkey and elsewhere believe sarin gas was used in the attack.

Trump and Erdogan agreed Syrian President Bashar al-Assad is responsible for the attack. 

The American president also thanked Turkey for its support for U.S. missile strikes on an Assad regime air base in retaliation for the chemical attack as both men stressed the need for cooperation on the fight against terror groups, including ISIL. 




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