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Trump discusses Syria, economic issues with foreign leaders

Press Trust of India  |  Washington 

discussed the US strategy in and the defeat of the with French Emmanuel Macron, the said, amid global concern over America's early exit from the war-torn country.

Trump's surprise announcement in December that appeared to signal a rapid withdrawal of the American forces from war-torn Syria, where the US special forces play an important role in supporting local forces fighting the dreaded group caused a diplomatic storm.

"We've won against ISIS," he said at that time. "We've beaten them and we've beaten them badly. We've taken back the land. And now it's time for our troops to come back home."

Allies, like Britain, France, and American lawmakers were taken off-guard when Trump announced plans for the withdrawal.

The on Monday said Trump and talked about "plans for a strong, deliberate, and coordinated withdrawal of the US troops from Syria".

"The two leaders discussed the situation in Syria, including the commitment of the and to the destruction of as well as plans for a strong, deliberate, and coordinated withdrawal of US troops from Syria," the said in a readout of the phone call.

"They reiterated that any further use of in must not be tolerated," the White House said.

Trump on Monday also held a call with Canadian Justin Trudeau, where they spoke about the detention of two Canadian citizens in and trade issues, the White House said.

The two leaders agreed to continue to seek the release of and Michael Spavor, who were taken into custody last month by Chinese authorities.

"Trump spoke with Canadian Trudeau today, during which the two discussed the unlawful detention of two Canadian citizens in as well as bilateral trade issues, the White House said in a readout of the call between the two leaders.

The detention of Canadian citizens by come in the aftermath of the arrest of Meng Wanzhou, of Detention of Canadian citizens by China is considered as a retaliatory move by

The two leaders also talked about the and aluminum tariffs Trump imposed against The move prompted retaliatory measures from

The two nations have since brokered an agreement on a revised version of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), dubbed the US Mexico Agreement. has yet to ratify the revised deal.

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First Published: Tue, January 08 2019. 13:55 IST