Turkish foreign minister on Friday held phone conversations with top European diplomats in the wake of the escalation of tensions after a Syrian regime attack martyred 33 Turkish soldiers on Thursday night.

Mevlut Cavusoglu spoke over the phone with French, Spanish, Dutch, Hungarian, Estonian and Ukrainian foreign ministers and the EU foreign policy chief via phone.

The foreign ministers offered condolences to the Turkish nation and families of the martyrs.

In a Twitter post, EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell said the de-escalation remains key to effectively address challenges on ground.

“Human suffering and loss of life need to

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