Putin appeals to Iran, Turkey to find solution to Syrian crisis
MOSCOW/ISTANBUL (RUSSIA/TURKEY) – While holding talks with his counterparts from Turkey and Iran on Wednesday, Russian President Vladimir Putin stressed the need for peaceful dialogue between the opposing forces in Syria’s civil war.
In a televised video conference, Putin told Turkey’s Tayyip Erdogan and Iran’s Hassan Rouhani that there were still terror hotspots in Syria’s Idlib and other areas.
“An inclusive inter-Syrian dialogue should be actively promoted within the framework of the constitutional committee in Geneva. I propose to support this process, to help the participants to meet and start a direct dialogue,” the Russian president said.
While Russia and Iran support Syrian president Bashar al-Assad’s forces, Turkey backs opposition troops. Both sides decided to reduce the intensity of conflict in 2017 following a diplomatic process.
Ankara and Moscow agreed in March to cease hostilities in Idlib after the violence displaced a million people. But this month, jets bombed villages in rebel-controlled areas.
In the conference Erdogan said the priority for Syria was a lasting solution to the civil war.
“We will continue to do all we can so that our neighbour Syria finds peace, security and stability soon,” the Turkish leader said.
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