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Erdogan to meet Putin on Syria conflict

IANS  |  Istanbul 

Turkish will meet his Russian counterpart next week to discuss the situation in Idlib, the last rebel-held province in

Turkish confirmed the Erdogan-Putin meeting during a joint press conference in with his Pakistani counterpart on Friday.

He said that both leaders will be meeting to with the aim of finding a solution to the Syrian conflict.

"is open to cooperation with everyone on efforts to fight in Syria," Turkey's state-run news agency cited Cavusoglu as saying.

Although the did not specify where the meeting would take place, several reported it would be held in Sochi, the Russian city that hosted a Turkey-Iran-summit in November last year.

Earlier in September, the Presidents of Turkey, and held a tripartite summit in to discuss the fate of Idlib.

urged a ceasefire to avoid a humanitarian catastrophe, while and stated that a military offensive to retake Idlib, the last opposition stronghold controlled by the Syrian rebels since 2015, was "inevitable".

Over the past few years, thousands of rebels have been evacuated from different parts of to Idlib under agreements with the

Idlib also has a population of three million civilians, including a large number of people internally displaced by the seven-year conflict.

Russia and are major allies of the Syrian government, while backs some rebel fighters.



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First Published: Fri, September 14 2018. 18:32 IST