Biden, Erdogan seek to find common ground on Syria crisis

US Vice President Joe Biden (L) pose with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan at Beylerbeyi Palace on November 22, 2014 in IstanbulUS Vice President Joe Biden on Saturday met Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Istanbul in a bid to ease strains over the Syria crisis and persuade Turkey to step up its support for the coalition against Islamic State (IS) jihadists. The trip to Istanbul by Biden, the highest ranking US official to visit Turkey since Erdogan was elected president after over a decade as prime minister, came amid unusual tensions in the traditionally strong relationship between the two NATO allies.

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