Merkel, Macron urge Putin to end conflict in Syria’s Idlib

Merkel, Macron urge Putin to end conflict in Syria’s Idlib

FILE PICTURE: French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel go to a news conference following a joint Franco-German cabinet meeting in Toulouse, France, October 16,2019 REUTERS/Regis Duvignau/File Picture

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – The leaders of Germany and France called Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday to express their concern about the humanitarian situation in Syria’s Idlib area, advising an end to the dispute there, a German spokesperson said.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron spoke together by phone with the Russian leader while at a European Union top in Brussels.

” Both made clear just how much they are concerned by the devastating humanitarian situation of the people in the Syrian province Idlib,” the spokesman said. “Both demanded an instantaneous end of the battling and the possibility of humanitarian help for individuals.”

He said they told Putin they wanted to fulfill him and Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan to reach a political option.

Reporting by Andreas Rinke; Writing by John Chalmers;]; Modifying by Sandra Maler

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