Erdogan assesses works to implement Idlib deal

Erdogan assesses works to implement Idlib deal

The works to set up a demilitarized zone in the northwestern Syrian province of Idlib are going well, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said.

The Turkish leader noted that Turkey’s National Intelligence Organization (MİT) is taking a major role in the implementation of a deal.

"Works [in Idlib] seem to be taking shape. Some 50,000-60,000 people returned home yesterday. I hope it will continue. The majority of the burden falls on the shoulders of MİT," Erdogan said, speaking to a group of journalists on his way from New York to Germany.

The Turkish president noted that his country had talks with Russia about reconstruction efforts in Syria, adding that he will also talk about the issue with German Chancellor Angela Merkel during his visit to Berlin.

Speaking about the possibility of halting a bombardment on Idlib, Erdogan said that he hopes it won't happen. "We cannot say something like this at the moment. But there is no such possibility at the moment. We hope it will not happen. These are promises made by Putin to us," Hurriyet Daily cited the president as saying.

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