Putin and Abdallah II discuss settlement of the Syrian crisis by phone

Leaders support the UN efforts to hold inter-Syrian negotiations in January

Russian President Vladimir Putin and King of Jordan Abdallah II discussed issues relating to the settlement of the Syrian crisis in a phone conversation on Jan. 14, the Kremlin press service has reported.

"The leaders, specifically, spoke in support of the UN efforts to hold inter-Syrian negotiations in Geneva in late January," the report says.

The Kremlin said the conversation participants "emphasized the need for prompt consolidation of the actions by all relevant countries in countering the Islamic State [organization banned in Russia] and other extremist groups. Vladimir Putin pointed out the importance of the preparation by Jordan of a unified list of terrorist organizations."

"An agreement was reached to intensify the bilateral Russian-Jordanian work via various channels, including within the framework of the so-called 'Amman mechanism' aimed at further coordination of joint anti-terrorist efforts," the report says.

The phone conversation was on Jordan's initiative.

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