Turkey to maintain observation posts in Syria, continue support


Turkish Presidential Spokesman Ibrahim Kalın on Wednesday said Turkey’s observation posts in Syria, formed under an agreement with Russia and Iran, will remain in place and Ankara would continue providing support to the posts.

“All nine of the observation posts will continue to operate from their current locations,’’ Hürriyet newspaper quoted Kalın as telling reporters following a cabinet meeting.

Kalın’s statement follows a suspected Syrian army strike near a Turkish military convoy heading to an observation post in the northwestern province of Idlib on Monday.

Ankara claimed the air strike hit its convoy, killing three civilians, however, a Russian airstrike took the lives of three rebels in the surrounding area, according to a war monitor.

Damascus has denounced the attack, saying it was a Turkish attempt to save routed rebels.

Turkish President Tayyip Erdoğan is set to hold phone calls with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin, as well as U.S. President Donald Trump in the coming days to discuss developments in Syria, Kalın said.

Kalın also said that the schedule for the planned safe zone agreed upon between Washington and Ankara in the east of the Euphrates in Syria would be gradually implemented in the coming weeks and Turkish and U.S. troops would soon begin joint patrols in the region.



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