Turkish and Chinese presidents hold telephone talks

 Turkish and Chinese presidents hold telephone talks

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping discussed Syria over the phone today according to a Turkish presidential source.

Erdogan said Turkey has "all along" been against the use of chemical weapons and it is important not to allow tension in Syria to escalate in the upcoming period, the source, who spoke on condition of anonymity due to restrictions on talking to the media, said.

The presidents agreed to ensure Syria's territorial integrity and enhance ties in all areas, Anadolu Agency reported.

The source added Erdogan and Xi also discussed bilateral relations and exchanged views on regional issues.

Erdogan also congratulated Xi on his second term in office.

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