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Turkey PM and Obama discuss Syria

Turkey PM and Obama discuss Syria

Washington: US President Barack Obama and Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan have vowed to increase pressure on Syria's President Bashar al-Assad to step down.

Obama said in a news conference with Erdogan at the White House on Thursday that the only way to resolve Syria's two-year crisis was for Assad to hand over power to a transitional government.

He said Turkey would play a critical role in that process.

"We're going to keep increasing the pressure on the Assad regime and working with the Syrian opposition,'' Obama said.

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