FM: Iran, Turkey must influence Syrian regime

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FM: Iran, Turkey must influence Syrian regime

Cavusoglu was commenting on the attack by Syrian government forces in the de-escalation zone in Syria's northern Idlib province, the Turkish media reported January 10.

After two years of Russian military support for the regime of Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad, President Vladimir Putin announced in mid-December the partial withdrawal of forces from the country, saying their task had been largely completed.

Turkey, which has been fiercely opposed to Assad, has recently been working with his allies Russian Federation and Iran for a political resolution to the conflict. "The documents stress that it is necessary for Ankara to meet assumed obligations to ensure ceasefire by controlled armed forces and intensify efforts to put observation points in the de-escalation zone in Idlib for preventing such UAV attacks on any targets", the commentary said. "The goal is different here", he said.

Russian Federation is hoping to hold a Syria peace congress in its Black Sea resort of Sochi on January 29-30. Fard visited the ministry on Wednesday.

Syrian government forces have taken scores of villages in recent weeks near the provincial border between Idlib and Hama, with the help of Iran-backed militias and Russian air power. By the end of last week, they had advanced into Idlib, close to an insurgent-held military airport.

Idlib province is nearly entirely controlled by anti-government forces that are dominated by a jihadist outfit known as Hayat Tahrir al-Sham.

"What I am seeing here is the use of the presence of al Nusra and HTS as an excuse to attack civilians and moderate oppositions", Mr Cavusoglu added.

It is reminded that as agreed in Astana talks by Turkey, Russia and Iran, Turkish military is now deployed in Idlib to set up observation posts and monitor the implementation of de-escalation zones.

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