Turkey stresses COVID-19 threat in Syria during talks with Russia, Iran


Turkey has warned against the spread of COVID-19 in Syria during talks on the country with Russia and Iran on Wednesday, Turkey’s Foreign Ministry said.

“In the meeting, Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu underlined the importance attached by Turkey to the prevention of the spread of COVID-19 in Syria and, to that end, the necessity to increase coordinated international efforts,” the ministry said in a statement.

Çavuşoğlu also stressed the need for the uninterrupted continuation of humanitarian assistance in Syria via Turkey during the seventh meeting of the foreign ministers of the guarantors of the Astana peace process, the ministry said.

Some 3 million displaced Syrians remain in dire need of aid along the Turkish border in Syria’s last rebel-held province of Idlib, where medical facilities have been hit repeatedly and most of them have been partly destroyed due to recent attacks.

Health organisations said that if the novel coronavirus reaches Idlib’s densely packed camps, it could spread like wildfire.

The Turkey-Russia ceasefire began in Idlib in early March, but reports of violations have emerged from both sides as Ankara has reinforced its positions.



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