Syria: Erdogan to ask Putin for Kurds' withdrawal

'Constitutional commission meeting, truce in Idlib on agenda'

22 October, 12:14

    (ANSAmed) - ISTANBUL, OCTOBER 22 - Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Tuesday told a press conference at the Esenboga airport in Ankara that he will speak ''with my friend Vladimir Putin about the situation in Syria, the regime's presence and the Constitutional Commission that will meet on October 30 in Geneva''. Speaking before leaving for Sochi, where he is scheduled to meet the Russian president to discuss the situation in Syria, Erdogan said he wants to ''discuss our accord to defend peace in Idlib''.

    In northern Syria, ''from west to east, from Manbij to Ayn al Arab (Kobane) in Qamishili, the regime and Russia'' are present, ''we hope to reach the desired accord'' with Putin on the withdrawal of Kurdish militias from those areas, he said.

    ''Turkey and Russia are fighting against terrorism and respect the territorial integrity and political unity of Syria'', added Erdogan, explaining that ''those who wanted to create a corridor of terror in northern Syria did not succeed thanks to this (military) operation'' carried out by Ankara.

    ''Together with Iran, we are the three members of the agreements of Sochi and Astana'', which must be respected, continued the Turkish leader, replying to a question on Tehran's position regarding his negotiations with Putin on Tuesday.


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