Turkey finishes setting up observation posts in Idlib

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Turkey has finished establishing military observation posts in the Idlib province of Syria by setting up its 12th and last post, the Turkish army announced in a written statement on May 16.

As part of a three-way agreement with Russia and Iran under the Astana Process, Turkey had begun setting up observation posts in Idlib in October 2017.

Idlib was chosen as one of four de-escalation zones in which Turkey was assigned to monitor the truce between the Syrian regime and the opposition.

Turkey has recently intensified establishing posts in the rebel-held province as it formed three military posts in the last week. The move followed a technical level meeting between Turkey, Russia and Iran in Astana, where the parties have agreed to accelerate efforts for confidence building between the two fighting parties.

A summit between three leaders is expected to be held in July in Russia’s Sochi. The expectation is that efforts for a political solution will be intensified as the military conflict between the regime and the opposition will end.

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