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Trump, Putin Seek to Mend Fences Starting With Syria Crisis

  • White House says ‘very good’ call discussed Syria safe zones
  • Kremlin says leaders seek to meet on sidelines of G-20 summit
A Syrian man inspects the wreckage of a collapsed hospital after an airstrike in Damascus, on May 1, 2017.

A Syrian man inspects the wreckage of a collapsed hospital after an airstrike in Damascus, on May 1, 2017.

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U.S. President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin had what the White House called a “very good” call during which they agreed to step up efforts to cooperate on resolving the Syria conflict and the fight against terrorism. 

“President Trump and President Putin agreed that the suffering in Syria has gone on for far too long and that all parties must do all they can to end the violence,” according to a White House statement Tuesday. “The conversation was a very good one, and included the discussion of safe, or de-escalation, zones to achieve lasting peace for humanitarian and many other reasons.”