News ID: 236603
Published: 0247 GMT December 29, 2018

Russia, Turkey agree to coordinate on Syria after US pullout: Lavrov

Russia, Turkey agree to coordinate on Syria after US pullout: Lavrov
Reuters

Russia and Turkey on Saturday agreed to coordinate ground operations in Syria after last week’s announcement of a US military withdrawal, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said.

“An understanding was reached of how military representatives of Russia and Turkey will continue to coordinate their steps on the ground under new conditions with a view to finally rooting out terrorist threats in Syria,” Lavrov said after talks with his Turkish counterpart Mevlut Cavusoglu in Moscow, AFP reported.

Following the meeting with Russian officials, Cavusoglu said the two countries have the common aim of clearing Syria of all terror organizations, Reuters reported.

He also said Turkey would continue to be in close cooperation with Iran and Russia on Syria and regional issues, according to Anadolu Agency.

Foreign and defense ministers from Russia and Turkey discussed the United States’ decision to withdraw troops from Syria.

In an abrupt policy shift, US President Donald Trump has said that Washington would withdraw roughly 2,000 US troops in Syria, upending a pillar of American policy in the Middle East and alarming US allies.

The United States still has about 2,000 troops in Syria, many of them special operations forces working closely with an alliance of Kurdish and Arab militias known as the Syrian Democratic Forces, or SDF.

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, whose forces have reclaimed most of Syria with Russian and Iranian support apart from Idlib, a northwestern province, has remained in power throughout the seven-year war.

The country has been gripped by foreign-backed terrorism and militancy since March 2011. The war has killed more than 360,000 people.

 

 

   
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