Trump says Erdoğan seeking to avert humanitarian disaster in Syria

U.S. President Donald Trump said on Tuesday his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdoğan was trying to prevent a humanitarian catastrophe in the northwestern Syrian province of Idlib, the White House said in a readout.

"He doesn’t want people to be killed by the thousands and hundreds of thousands, and he called me about that and other reasons," Trump said, referring to the Turkish president.

The Syrian government, backed by Russia, has stepped up its offensive on the last major rebel-held enclave of Idlib, which is home to 3 million people, including hundreds of thousands displaced from elsewhere in the country. 

Some 800,000 people have fled the fighting to areas close to the Turkish border. 

"But we spoke about Idlib, and we’re working together on seeing what can be done," Trump said.