U.S. in close consultation with Turkey on Syria’s efforts
Azerbaijan, Baku, Oct. 20 / Trend A.Badalova /
The U.S. has been in very close bilateral consultations with Turkey with regard to its efforts in Syria, State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said at a daily press briefing in Washington, department's website reported.
"We've also been working with Turkey in the ad hoc group on Syria and the larger Friends of the Syrian People. We compare notes across the board on what we see going on on the ground, on who we see as potential future leaders, any prospects that we see to move a transition forward along the lines that we agreed on in Geneva and since," Nunland said.
"So we're obviously in contact with Turkey on all of these initiatives," she added.
Anti-government protests have continued in Syria for a year and half.
According to UN, the total number of victims of the conflict in Syria is nearing 20,000.
More than 230,000 have become refugees with around three million in need of humanitarian assistance. The Syrian authorities say they oppose the well-armed militants.
Turkey has carried out a series of retaliatory strikes against President Bashar al-Assad's forces, fighting rebels in border regions, since Syrian shelling killed five Turkish civilians in a Turkish border town at the start of October.