Turkey summons US Chargé d'Affaires over Syria issue

Glen Norman
January 13, 2018

Kosnett is the most senior US Embassy official in Turkey since Ambassador John Bass departed in 2017.

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu alleged earlier that Syria's government forces had been delivering strikes on the units of the so-called opposition in the Idlib province "under the guise of fighting terrorists".

Turkey is not happy that the United States has continued to support and arm Syrian Kurdish fighters, and their foreign ministry has summoned the top USA diplomat in the country to voice its "discomfort" over the situation.

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

The Turkish Foreign Ministry separately summoned Russian and Iranian ambassadors in Ankara on Tuesday and warned its partners for violation of Astana deal in a bid to stop the regime's attack on "moderate opposition" forces in northern province of Idlib, where "de-escalation zone" was declared by three guarantor powers.

Russia's defence ministry had asked the Turkish military on Wednesday to tighten control over armed groups in Idlib after two groups of drones attacked Russian bases on January 6.

Turkey on Wednesday called on Russian Federation and Iran, the two chief allies of President Bashar al-Assad's regime in Syria, to halt an air offensive on the rebel-held Idlib province near the Turkish border.

For is part, Zarif stressed Iran's commitment to cooperate with Russia and Turkey to find a way to reach a political settlement in Syria, hailing the effective impact of Russian-Iranian cooperation in fighting terrorism and extremism in the region.

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. The reports say that Syrian government forces, supported by Russian Federation were trying to regain control of areas controlled by Daesh and other rebel groups.

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