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Trump And Putin Seek Syria Ceasefire After "Very Good" Talks

President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin have agreed to move towards a ceasefire Syria, following a "very good" phone conversation.

The call marked the first time the two leaders have spoken since the US launched missiles against a Syrian air base.

The Kremlin said Mr Trump and Mr Putin agreed to bolster diplomatic efforts to resolve the Syrian civil war, which has left hundreds of thousands dead and millions more displaced.

The White House plans to send an official to Russian-led talks on Syria that begin on Wednesday in Kazakhstan, and said:

"President Trump and President Putin agreed that the suffering in Syria has gone on for far too long and that all parties must do all they can to end the violence."

"The conversation was a very good one, and included the discussion of safe, or de-escalation, zones to achieve lasting peace for humanitarian and many other reasons."

The Kremlin described the call as "business-like" and "constructive", but made no mention of safe zones.

Despite having previously warned against US intervention in Syria, Mr Trump ordered the strikes against Syrian government targets in early April after accusing the regime of using chemical weapons in a deadly attack on civilians.

Russia said the US strikes violated international law.

Some of Mr Trump’s top advisers, including Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and United Nations Ambassador Nikki Haley, criticised Russia and Mr Putin following the chemical weapons attack.

Yet, Mr Trump has hinted at hopes of a stronger relationship with Russia, which was a cornerstone of his foreign policy platform as a presidential candidate.

He took to Twitter days after the Syria strikes to say that "things will work out fine" between the US and Russia and "everyone will come to their senses".

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