Cavusoglu: Erdogan to discuss Syria with Putin

Politics | World 9/14/2018, 12:04 PM
Cavusoglu: Erdogan to discuss Syria with Putin

Mevlut Cavusoglu, minister of foreign affairs of Turkey, told reporters on Friday that his President Recep Tayyip Erdogan would speak with Vladimir Putin on September 17. The plan for a conversation with Russia's president comes on the back of the Kremlin's involvement in Syria's offensive against a rebel-held province of Idlib. Cavusoglu said the government was ready to cooperate "with everyone" in the fight against terrorism in the war-torn country.

Media reports quoted unnamed people familiar with the matter who said the two leaders would meet in Russia's Sochi at the beginning of next week. Erdogan was at a meeting with Putin and Iran's President Hassan Rouhani last week in Tehran. Iran also has forces on the ground which are attacking the enclave, ruled for the most part by Hay'at Tahrir al-Sham, or HTS, a militant and Islamist organization with links to Al-Qaeda.

Turkey has been pushing for a ceasefire in an attempt to try and reach a political solution. Its troops are at observation posts in the area in Syria's northwest. The Turkish army and its allies are controlling the territory north of Idlib toward the border.

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