'Don't let people die,' Erdogan tells Tehran summit

Trilateral summit on Syria by Turkish, Russian, Iranian leaders held in Tehran

'Don't let people die,' Erdogan tells Tehran summit

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Friday called for the end to deaths in Syria at the trilateral summit in the Iranian capital Tehran.

Speaking at a joint news conference with Russian President Vladimir Putin and Iran's Hassan Rouhani, Erdogan said it is important to end bombardments in Syria's Idlib and ensure cease-fire.

"If we can declare a cease-fire here, it will be one of the most important steps of the summit, and it will relieve the civilians," Erdogan said at a joint news conference along with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin and Iran's Hassan Rouhani.

Erdogan said Idlib is not only important for Syria's political future but also "vital" for Turkey's national security and regional peace and stability.

"We never want Idlib to turn into a bloodbath. We expect you to support us in our efforts," he added.

Turkey cannot leave Idlib to the mercy of Bashar al-Assad regime, he said.

"Turkey is resolute to maintain its presence in the region until Syria's political, geographical and social integrity is ensured," Erdogan said.

The president called for common stance against any kind of terrorism in Syria, including PYD/YPG, that threatens Syria's territorial integrity. 

Calling on the guarantor countries to not let a new wave of violence in Syria, Erdogan said he hoped the results of the trilateral summit will contribute to peace in the country.

Erdogan added it is "vital" to protect civilians in the region, separate terrorist elements and ensure current status of Idlib.

"Turkey has 12 observation points in Idlib. Through this way, we take important responsibility for the continuation of tranquility in the region," he said.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 07 Eylül 2018, 16:50