Turkey Ready To Cooperate With Russia To Eliminate Terrorists In Syrian Idlib - Ankara

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Turkey Ready to Cooperate With Russia to Eliminate Terrorists in Syrian Idlib - Ankara

Turkey is ready to cooperate will all of its partners, including Russia, in order to eliminate the terrorist groups operating in the northwestern Syrian province of Idlib, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said on Tuesday.

ANKARA (UrduPoint News / Sputnik - 11th September, 2018) Turkey is ready to cooperate will all of its partners, including Russia, in order to eliminate the terrorist groups operating in the northwestern Syrian province of Idlib, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said on Tuesday.

"Our suggestion is clear: attacks in Idlib should be stopped. Let us act together to put end to the terrorist groups' presence there. We are ready to work with all the partners with Russia, Iran, the United States, France and the United Kingdom. Turkey holds bilateral and trilateral negotiations with everyone, first of all, with Russia and Iran, in order to achieve peaceful settlement in Syria," Cavusoglu said during a visit to Romania while broadcast by Turkish NTV channel.

He added that the Syrian regime and its allies preferred the military settlement to the problem.

"Although we have made significant efforts [during talks in] Astana, Sochi, Tehran, attacks in Idlib continue," Cavusoglu said.

Turkey, Russia and Iran are the guarantors of the ceasefire regime in Syria. The leadership of the three countries is constantly engaged in dialogue on the situation in Syria. Most recently, on September 7, a trilateral summit, uniting the presidents of Russia, Turkey and Iran, was held in Tehran, during which the three leaders called on the militants operating in Idlib to join the nationwide truce regime.

While the Syrian authorities have managed to regain control over most of the country's territories following several years of fighting against terrorists and opposition groups, the Idlib de-escalation zone remains a stronghold of insurgency. On August 25, a spokesman for the Russian Defense Ministry said that terrorists were planning to stage a false-flag chemical attack in Idlib in order to provoke western states' attacks against the Syrian government which they would consider responsible for the offensive.

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