Erdoğan to meet Putin, Merkel, Macron next month over Syria’s Idlib

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan will meet with his Russian and French counterparts, Vladimir Putin and Emmanuel Macron, and German Chancellor Angela Merkel on March 5 to discuss the crisis Syria’s Idlib, where a recent push by Syrian government forces has displaced nearly a million people.

“I expressed our determination on (Idlib) clearly to (Vladimir) Putin yesterday. I also mentioned it to (Angela) Merkel and (Emmanuel) Macron,” BBC Turkish quoted the Turkish president as saying. “On March 5, we will meet with Putin, Macron and Merkel, and we will talk about these again.” 

The German and French leaders have expressed concern about the unfolding humanitarian crisis in Syria’s last rebel-held region, where a Russian-backed Syrian government offensive has displaced 900,000 people.

Weeks-long talks between Russia and Turkey for a ceasefire in the region have thus far yielded no results.

Merkel and Macron told Putin on Friday they want to meet with him and with President Erdoğan, two powerbrokers in Syria, to defuse the crisis in the region, Merkel’s office said.

Millions of civilians have fled their homes and more than 380,000 have been killed since civil war erupted in Syria in 2011.