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Merkel, Trump share concerns about Syrian developments - Merkel's spokesman

Merkel, Trump share concerns about Syrian developments - Merkel's spokesman
FILE PHOTO: U.S. President Donald Trump meets with German Chancellor Angela Merkel during the NATO summit in Brussels, Belgium July 11, 2018. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque   -   Copyright  Kevin Lamarque(Reuters)
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BERLIN (Reuters) – German Chancellor Angela Merkel and U.S. President Donald Trump share concerns about developments in Syria, especially the humanitarian situation in the region around Idlib, Merkel’s spokesman said after the two leaders spoke by telephone.

“Russia is called upon to act in a moderating manner on the Syrian government and prevent a further escalation,” Steffen Seibert said in a statement on Monday evening.

Seibert said the two leaders also spoke about Ukraine, the Western Balkans and trade, he said, without elaborating.

(Reporting by Andrea Shalal; Editing by Toby Chopra)

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