The so-called Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) says Turkey has dispatched a new military convoy to Syria’s embattled northwestern province of Idlib, a day ahead of the first joint patrol by Turkish and Russian troops on the strategic M4 highway and establishment of joint coordination centers in the region.
Turkish and Russian officials have agreed on the details of a cease-fire in northwest Syria’s Idlib region and joint patrols along the key M4 highway will begin on Sunday, Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar said on Friday.
Turkey’s president says he has proposed to his Russian counterpart that the two countries jointly operate the eastern Syrian oilfields, adding he could make the same offer to the United States, which is already implicated in stealing the Syrian crude.
Syria’s war-torn northwestern Idlib province has reportedly witnessed “rare calm” following the implementation of a ceasefire agreement allowing the government to secure two strategic routes running through the province.
As tensions are escalating in Syria’s northwestern province of Idlib, the last militant bastion in a nine-year war, Turkey is attempting to hold its grip over the flashpoint region through tens of thousands of militants it supports.
Syria has strongly condemned the Turkish military aggression in the Arab country’s embattled northwestern region, saying such a campaign is in violation of Syria’s sovereignty and territorial integrity and in line with the Ankara government’s generous support for terror groups wreaking havoc there.
The Iranian president said the increase of tensions will not be in favor of anyone in the region, stressing that the issues should be solved through dialogue as military tensions between Turkey and Syria have escalated in recent weeks.