President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan attended the Trilateral Summit on Syria, held in the Iranian capital Tehran with the participation of President Hassan Rouhani of Iran and President Vladimir Putin of the Russian.
Addressing a joint press conference following the summit, President Erdoğan made statements regarding the contents of their talks and the solution of the issue.
“ATTACKS ON IDLIB WILL FURTHER AGGRAVATE THE SITUATION ON THE GROUND”
Noting that many developments have taken place since the second meeting of the trilateral summit held back in April in Ankara and that all these developments have been discussed in detail during their third meeting, President Erdoğan said: “As Turkey, we have voiced the dangers that might arise unless the Syrian regime is reined in. We have stated that attacks on Idlib will further aggravate the situation on the ground and result in the collapse of the political process.”
Pointing to the role Turkey plays in sustaining the calm on the ground by means of its 12 observation posts in Idlib, President Erdoğan said: “It is of vital importance that civilians in the region be protected, terrorist elements separated and Idlib’s current status preserved. That is so because Idlib is a small model of the entire Syria. Negative effects of any wrong step to be taken in Idlib will be felt everywhere. Methods that disregard the security of Syrian civilians will only play into the hands of terrorists.”
“TURKEY HAS BEEN WORKING TO STOP THE BLOODSHED IN SYRIA SINCE THE VERY BEGINNING”
“Turkey has been working to stop the bloodshed in Syria since the very beginning,” President Erdoğan underlined, adding: “We have stood by our Syrian brothers and sisters without any discrimination. Never do we want the people of Idlib, who have sustained grave sufferings, to face new tragedies. This sensitivity of ours lies behind the importance we attach to the summit.”
President Erdoğan continued: “The Idlib issue should be resolved in line with the spirit of Astana without giving rise to new sufferings, tensions or troubles. It is important to maintain the principles we have agreed upon in Astana in order to find a sustainable political solution to the Syrian crisis.” Referring to his bilateral talks with Russian President Putin, President Erdoğan underlined he told his Russian counterpart that no one should engage in any fait accompli on the ground under the guise of war on terror and that separatist agendas aimed at undermining Syria’s territorial integrity as well as the national security of the neighboring countries should be prevented.
“WE ARE DETERMINED TO CONTINUE OUR EFFORTS TOWARDS FINDING A LASTING SOLUTION TO THE SYRIAN CONFLICT”
“It is our desire that a lasting solution be found to the Syrian conflict on the basis of the parameters set out in UNSC Resolution 2254,” President Erdoğan further stressed, and noted: “The responsibility falls to not only the three guarantor states but to the entire international community. It is necessary for all the stakeholders to come together on a common ground for the solution of the Syrian conflict. As Turkey, we will continue our efforts to that end.”