President Donald Trump spent more than an hour speaking on the phone with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday, according to the White House.
During the lengthy phone conversation, the two leaders spoke about a joint statement issued at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Summit earlier this month. Both leaders were in Asia at the same time, but did not have a formal meeting — which the White House had blamed scheduling conflicts.
During their phone conversation, the pair also discussed a UN resolution about Syria, as well as the process to “peacefully resolve the Syrian civil war, end the humanitarian crisis, allow displaced Syrians to return home, and ensure the stability of a unified Syria free of malign intervention and terrorist safe havens,” according to a statement from the White House.
The two presidents also spoke about fighting terrorist groups, “and agreed to explore ways to further cooperate in the fight against ISIS, al-Qaeda, the Taliban, and other terrorist organizations,” the statement said.
Trump and Putin also spoke about “how to implement a lasting peace in Ukraine,” as well as putting pressure on North Korea “to halt its nuclear weapon and missile programs.”
The phone conversation also comes as special counsel Robert Mueller investigates possible ties between Trump’s presidential campaign and the Russian government.