Erdogan, Putin agree to speed up efforts for Aleppo aid delivery

Syrian citizens inspect the damages caused by several rockets that hit residential neighborhoods in Aleppo, Syria on Aug 25, 2016.
Syrian citizens inspect the damages caused by several rockets that hit residential neighborhoods in Aleppo, Syria on Aug 25, 2016.PHOTO: EPA/SANA

ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan and Russia's Vladimir Putin agreed in a phone call on Friday (Aug 26) to accelerate efforts to deliver aid to Syria's Aleppo, Mr Erdogan's office said in a statement.

Mr Erdogan informed Mr Putin about Turkey's incursion into Syria that started early on Wednesday, and the two stressed the importance of cooperation for regional security against all"terrorist organisations", including Islamic State, according to the statement.

Mr Erdogan and Mr Putin agreed to hold a bilateral meeting during the G20 Summit in China during the first week of September.

Russia and Turkey have been repairing relations, which were strained after Turkey downed a Russian jet near the Syrian border last year.