Putin and Erdogan discuss Idlib

Putin and Erdogan discuss Idlib

Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan have discussed over the phone cooperation to stabilize the situation in the de-escalation zone in Syria’s Idlib, the Kremlin press service reported.

The two sides discussed issues related to Russian-Turkish cooperation from the perspective of the stabilization of the situation in the Idlib de-escalation zone. "They agreed to step up joint efforts to eliminate the terrorist threat emanating from that region and ensure the implementation of the Sochi Memorandum of September 17, 2018," the press service said.

In light of the fifth summit of the Astana process guarantors, which is scheduled to take place in September, the parties also touched upon issues related to the Syria conflict, including efforts to establish and launch a Syrian constitutional committee that are being carried out by Russia, Turkey and Iran together with the United Nations, TASS reported.

In addition, the two presidents discussed the fight against terrorism in Syria, issues facing the Middle East and bilateral cooperation.

The phone conversation was initiated by Ankara.