Erdogan: Upcoming trilateral summit to focus on developments in Idlib

ISTANBUL, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Friday that the upcoming trilateral summit next Monday with Russian and Iranian leaders would discuss recent developments in Idlib, Syria — about 400 miles (250 miles) from Diyarbakir, across Turkey’s southern border.

“We will continue to discuss developments in Idlib, including observation posts and the fight against terror organizations, he told reporters following Friday prayer.

Turkey and Russia agreed last September to turn Idlib into a de-escalation zone where acts of aggression are expressly prohibited.

Under the deal, opposition groups in Idlib would remain in areas where they were already present, while Russia and Turkey would carry out joint patrols in the area to prevent a resumption of fighting.

The Syrian regime and its allies, however, have consistently broken the terms of the cease-fire, launching frequent attacks inside the de-escalation zone.

Source: Kuwait News Agency