Orient Net, 11 January, 2018-- Turkey called on Russia and Iran on Wednesday to pressure Assad regime to halt its military offensive in Syria’s rebel-held Idlib.
Idlib has become a focal point of the Syrian war as the regime and its allied sectarian militias have thrust toward Abo Al-Dohoor air base in Idlib southern countryside.
The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights expressed grave concern for an estimated 2 million people in Idlib, where the population has grown as Syrian rebels and civilians fled regime advances in other areas.
Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said Russia and Iran must fulfill their duties under a joint accord reached with Turkey last year in which the three countries announced a "de-escalation zone" in Idlib.
Cavusoglu said advances by regime and allied militias into Idlib could not have taken place without the support of Moscow and Tehran, which have both backed Assad in the war.
"Iran and Russia need to carry out their responsibilities. If you are guarantors, which you are, stop the regime," Cavusoglu told the state-run Anadolu news agency in an interview broadcast on Turkish television channels.
Ankara summoned the Iranian and Russian envoys on Tuesday to complain about violations of the Idlib de-escalation zone. Cavusoglu said President Tayyip Erdogan might call Russia’s Vladimir Putin on the issue.