Erdogan sounds alarm about Assad forces’ advance toward Idlib

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan warned on Saturday that if Bashar Al-Assad regime’s forces advance toward Idlib, just like in Daraa, the Astana agreement’s essence would “totally dissipate.” The Turkish leader made the warning in a phone contact with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin, Turkey’s Anadolu news agency quoted presidential sources as saying.

“Civilians being targeted in Syria’s Daraa is worrying, and if the Bashar Al-Assad regime advances toward Idlib in a similar way, the Astana agreement’s essence would totally dissipate,” Erdogan was quoted by the sources as saying.

Erdogan emphasized that the avoidance of negative developments regarding Idlib would encourage Syrian opposition’s participation in the Astana meeting on July 30-31.

During the phone conversation, the two leaders agreed that dialogue between guarantor countries of the Astana process (Turkey, Russia and Iran) and anti-IS coalition partners would speed up a political solution based on Syria’s unity and territorial integrity.

Erdogan also voiced satisfaction with bilateral cooperation in the field of energy, mainly TurkStream, a gas pipeline under construction from Russia to Turkey and then Europe, and Akkuyu nuclear power plant, located in Turkey’s southern Mersin province, the sources added.

Furthermore, the two leaders agreed to meet face-to-face at BRICS Summit due in Johannesburg, South Africa, in the end of July.

Source: Kuwait News Agency