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Syrian Envoy To UN Slams Ankara Activity In Idlib, Vows To Kick Out Turkish Forces From Country

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Syrian Envoy To UN Slams Ankara Activity In Idlib, Vows To Kick Out Turkish Forces From Country

AFP 2018 / George OURFALIAN

Syrian envoy to the UN Bashar Jaafari slammed Turkish actions in the Syrian province of Idlib during a new round of the Astana-format reconciliation talks, which was held in the Russian city of Sochi on July 30-31.

Jaafari said that the Erdogan government has failed  to meet its obligations regarding the Idlib de-escalation zone and said that Damascus will kick out Turkish forces from the Syrian territory.

“Turkey does not meet its obligations on de-escalation in Idlib province… Turkish authorities sent there its heavily-armed forces. And we all witness military actions of Turkey in this region, up to Afrin, which they occupied. And they occupied other settlements,” Jaafari said adding that the Syrian government has a legitimate right to get back all the territories seized by Turkey.

The Syrian diplomat emphasized that Turkey is the only country of the guarantor states of the de-escalation agreement [two others: Russia and Iran] that has violated its obligations under the Astana agreement. He added that Ankara has the introduced Turkish lira in regions that controlled by its forces in Syria.

Earlier Syrian President Bashar Assad said in an interview with Russian journalists that the province of Idlib will be among the main targets in the upcoming opreations of government troops.

On July 31, the Syrian Army succesfully finished its advance to defeat ISIS and other militant groups in southwestern Syria eastablishing control of the entire region. Now, according to pro-government sources, the Syrian Army is preparing for a possible military operation against militants in southern Idlib and northern Latakia.

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