Sep 14 2018

Erdoğan and Putin to meet on Monday in Sochi to discuss Idlib

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan will meet his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin on Monday in the Russian city of Sochi to discuss the likely Syrian government military offensive on Idlib, the last rebel-held enclave in Syria, Turkish state-run Anadolu news agency said on Friday.

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu, who announced the meeting during an official visit to Pakistan, stressed Turkey’s efforts for a peaceful and political solution in Syria.

Çavuşoğlu also said Turkey had been continuing bilateral and trilateral talks to stop an assault on Idlib, which hosts an estimated 3 million Syrians, 800,000 of which, according to UN estimates, could flee to Turkey in case of a military offensive. 

Erdoğan, Putin, and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani in the Iranian capital Tehran last week as the leaders of the three guarantor countries of the Astana peace process. Erdoğan proposed a ceasefire in Idlib, but Putin and Rouhani rejected the idea.