Erdogan Urges Putin to Hold Another Summit on Syria's Idlib

Turkish president calls on Russian counterpart at sidelines of G-20 to discuss the enclave where the two are trying to create a sustainable demilitarized zone

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Russian President Vladimir Putin and Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, November 19, 2018.
File photo: Russian President Vladimir Putin and Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, November 19, 2018. Credit: Mikhail Klimentyev/AP
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Turkish President told Russian President on Saturday he should hold another summit to discuss the situation in Syria’s Idlib province where the two countries are trying to create a sustainable demilitarized zone.

Erdogan made the suggestion during a meeting with Putin on the sidelines of the .

Global leaders gathered in the Argentine capital Buenos Aires last week for the Group of 20 summit, a meeting of the world's largest economies responsible for 85 percent of global economic output and two-thirds of the world's population.

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The presidents of Russia, Turkey and Iran in attempts to reach a last-minute deal to avert a bloodbath in Idlib, Syria's crowded northwestern province and last opposition stronghold.

The Syrian government’s ally Russia, and Turkey, which backs Syrian rebels, agreed in September to create a demilitarized zone around the insurgent-held northwestern enclave of Idlib. But exchanges of shelling have been common since then and the first air strikes since the deal hit the area on November 25.

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