23 January 2018

FM Chavushoglu calls on maintaining ceasefire

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Foreign Minter Mevlut CHavushoglu said Friday that both the moderate Syrian opposition and the Assad regime must respect the ceasefire, following news that the Assad regime have broken the ceasefire and resumed air strikes in parts of Syria. reports that,Chavushoglu also added that Turkey ready to coordinate talks between both sides, but highlighted the importance of maintaining the truce.

He reiterated that Turkey and Russia are the guarantors of the ceasefire deal signed between the Assad regime and the Syrian opposition. He also called on Iran to use its influence over Hezbollah and Shiite militias in a positive manner.

''Turkey opposed to terrort groups such as IS, PYDand YPG participating to the Astana peace talks for Syria. Al Nusra also a terrort organization and should also not be represented in the peace talks. Al Nusra has been lted as a terrort organization by Turkey since Oct. 2013,'' he added.

US-led coalition bombed IS in al-Bab

Answering the questions of journalts, FM Chavushoglu said that for the first time after a long break, the US-led coalition forces had bombed IS positions yesterday in al-Bab.

He also noted the success of the Turkey-led Operation Euphrates Shield against terrort groups in northern Syria.

''Many Syrians returned to the areas we cleared from IS. So, th shows that these people do want to return to Syria,'' he added.

2016.12.30 / 19:43
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