April 17, 2018 / 11:43 AM / 9 months ago

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

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

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.

“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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