Turkey summons top United States envoy over Syrian Kurds

Turkey summons top United States envoy over Syrian Kurds

Turkey summons top United States envoy over Syrian Kurds

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan told Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin on Thursday he should stop Syrian attacks on its opposition in northern Syria if he wants peace negotiations to succeed, Turkish presidential sources said.

In Washington, a State Department spokesman confirmed the meeting occurred but said "beyond that we aren't going to read out any details of the conversation".

The YPG is supported by U.S. with arms and training which angers Turkey.

It has repeatedly condemned Washington's support for the YPG. In May 2017, Deputy Prime Minister Nurettin Canikli called the supply of weapons to the Kurdish forces "unacceptable".

Russia, Iran and Turkey are supposed to be the guarantors of last year's accord but Moscow and Tehran appear bent on reneging on their role to de-escalate fighting in the area, home to almost 2 million Syrians, to serve their own agenda. Daesh (IS) terrorists were moved from different parts of the country to Idlib under certain understandings.

Lavrov noted that Moscow and Tehran have reached an important stage in preparation for implementing the initiative launched by Russia, Iran and Turkey to organize the Sochi Congress.

According to diplomatic sources, at the meeting the Turkish side expressed its concern over the United States support for Syria's Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PYD).

Ankara has therefore called on Russian Federation and Iran, and rightly so, to cease and desist from their active and open aggression and military involvement in the fighting in the Idlib province and summoned their ambassadors in Ankara for this goal.

The three countries had agreed a year ago to establish a "de-escalation zone" in the opposition-held Idlib province and surrounding region, which borders Turkey.

Violence in Idlib region has recently escalated, with Syrian government forces, supported by Russian Federation, trying to regain control of the rebel-held area.

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