Thursday 19 September 2019

Assad troops' advance causing 'humanitarian crisis' - Erdogan

 

'Mr Erdogan told Mr Putin the attacks violated a ceasefire in Idlib and damaged efforts for a solution in Syria.' Photo: Reuters
'Mr Erdogan told Mr Putin the attacks violated a ceasefire in Idlib and damaged efforts for a solution in Syria.' Photo: Reuters

Tuvan Gumrukcu

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan has told Russia's Vladimir Putin that Syrian army attacks in north-west Syria are causing a humanitarian crisis and threaten Turkey's national security.

Syrian troops have encircled rebels and a Turkish military post in northwest Syria.

The military observation post near the town of Morek is one of 12 Turkey established in the region under a deal with Moscow and Tehran two years ago to reduce fighting between Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's forces and rebels. Turkey supports some rebel factions in the Idlib region, while Russia and Iran back Mr Assad.

Mr Erdogan told Mr Putin the attacks violated a ceasefire in Idlib and damaged efforts for a solution in Syria. He is to visit Moscow on Monday.

He also said he would discuss developments in a phone call with US President Donald Trump.

Irish Independent

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