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Turkish, Russian foreign ministers speak over phone

TURKISH, RUSSIAN FOREIGN MINISTERS SPEAK OVER PHONE

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu on Saturday talked to his Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov over the phone, according to a Turkish diplomatic source.

The phone call came ahead of the Syrian National Dialogue Congress, which is set to be held on Jan. 29-30 in the Russian coastal city of Sochi, where the representatives of the guarantor countries Russia, Iran and Turkey will also be present.

Syria has been locked in a vicious civil war since early 2011 when the Assad regime cracked down on pro-democracy protests with unexpected ferocity.

Since then, hundreds of thousands of people have been killed and more than 10 million others displaced, according to UN officials.

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