All attacks against civilians in Syria must end – 4 NATO allies

LONDON, Leaders of the United Kingdom, Germany, France and Turkey agreed Tuesday that all attacks against civilians in Syria, including those in Idlib, must stop.

During their meeting on the fringes of the NATO Summit, Prime Minister Boris Johnson, Chancellor Angela Merkel, President Emmanuel Macron and President Recep Tayyip Erdogan discussed Syria, Libya and counter-terrorism.

The leaders discussed the broad strategic, economic and defence partnerships between their countries and agreed the importance of further deepening these, including through NATO, according to a Downing Street spokesperson.

“On Syria, the leaders agreed that humanitarian access, including cross-border, must be ensured and that a UN needs assessment should form the basis for getting aid to those who require it in the North-East.

“The leaders agreed to work to create the conditions for the safe, voluntary and sustainable return of refugees and that the fight must be continued against terrorism in all its forms,” the spokesperson said. Highlighting the urgency to cease all hostilities in Syria, “they noted their support to the Constitutional Committee process and the importance of (the UN Security Council Resolution) UNSCR 2254 (2015).

“On Libya, the leaders reiterated their support for (the Special Representative of the UN Secretary General) SRSG Ghassan Salame to move forward a Libyan-owned political process, facilitated by the United Nations and supported by the Berlin Format.

“The leaders agreed that meetings in this (four-party) format should continue,” the spokesperson added.

NATO Heads of State and Government gathered at the Grove Hotel, Hertfordshire, London, on 3-4 December 2019, to commemorate NATO’S 70th anniversary; the Leaders Meeting is chaired by the NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg.

Source: Kuwait News Agency