Turkey disputes US version of Trump-Erdoğan phone call on Syria

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Turkish official denies Trump raised concerns over violence inside Kurdish enclave in Afrin

The US and Turkey have released opposing accounts of a phone call between Donald Trump and Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, highlighting deepening tensions between the two countries amid a Turkish military campaign launched inside Syria last weekend.

According to the White House readout of a call between the two leaders, Trump relayed “concerns” over the escalating violence in the Kurdish enclave in Afrin and urged Turkey to “de-escalate, limit its military actions and avoid civilian casualties”. Trump also called on Ankara to avoid actions that risked a conflict with US forces, which have provided arms and air cover for Kurdish militias that Turkey is now battling in Syria, the White House said.

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