April 17, 2018 / 11:43 AM / 6 months ago

Merkel, Putin agree must focus on political process for Syria - Germany

BERLIN (Reuters) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Russian President Vladimir Putin discussed ways to push forward the political process to end the conflict in Syria, a German government spokesman said on Tuesday after the two leaders spoke by phone.

FILE PHOTO: Russia's President Vladimir Putin talks to German Chancellor Angela Merkel during the G20 leaders summit in Hamburg, Germany July 7, 2017. REUTERS/Philippe Wojazer/File Photo

“The German Chancellor and the President agreed that the political process must be at the centre of efforts to end the years-long bloody conflict,” Merkel’s spokesman Steffen Seibert said in a statement. “Possibilities on this were discussed.”

Reporting by Madeline Chambers; Editing by Paul Carrel

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