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U.S., Germany Hails Turkey-Russia Agreement On Syria's Idlib

Agencies (Qasioun) – US State Department official source said that The United States welcomes any “sincere effort” to reduce violence in Syria.

 

“We are encouraged that Turkey and Russia appear to have taken steps to avert a military offensive by the Assad regime and its allies in Idlib and welcome any sincere effort to reduce the violence in Syria. We hope de-escalation is made permanent,” the official told state-run Anadolu Agency, speaking on condition of anonymity.

 

The U.S official added that the U.S. was not involved in the negotiations between the Turkish and Russian governments in Sochi.

 

 “As we have noted before, an offensive by the Assad regime and its allies against the densely populated Idlib province would be a reckless escalation and would have serious consequences for Syria and the surrounding region,” the U.S. official added.       

 

The official also said Washington remains “concerned by the Assad regime’s pattern of destabilizing actions in Idlib and elsewhere,” noting that the U.S. will continue to watch the situation and the regime’s actions closely.       

 

“As the United Nations Security Council has long emphasized, ending the conflict will require a political solution based on UNSCR 2254 and the Geneva process,” the official added.       

 

“The United States supports any credible efforts that prevent resurgence of violence and protects civilians. Civilians must be allowed freedom of movement, including the right to return home, and provided access to immediate humanitarian assistance and medical care,” the official said.

 

Moreover, US State Department spokesperson told Sputnik news that the United States is encouraged by Russia's and Turkey's efforts to avoid violence in the Syrian province of Idlib.

 

"We are encouraged that Turkey and Russia appear to have taken steps to avert a military offensive by the Assad regime and its allies in Idlib and welcome any sincere effort to reduce the violence in Syria," he said.

 

The United States hopes that de-escalation will be permanent, the spokesperson said, adding that Washington is not involved in negotiations between Moscow and Ankara.

 

The spokesperson also warned Syrian government and its allies against violence in Idlib.

 

"An offensive by the Assad regime and its allies against the densely populated Idlib province would be a reckless escalation and would have serious consequences for Syria and the surrounding region…. We reiterate something both [US] President [Donald] Trump and President Putin agreed to in Da Nang, Vietnam: There is no military solution to this conflict," he said.

 

Washington urges all parties to turn away from further military escalation and focus on political solution, he added.

 

Germany has welcomed on Tuesday an agreement between Turkey and Russia to establish a demilitarized zone in Syria's Idlib province, the last major stronghold of the opposition groups.

 

"We welcome all steps towards avoiding a humanitarian catastrophe," Germany’s Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said on Twitter, referring to the Turkey-Russia agreement.

 

He called for concrete steps towards implementing the agreement.

 

"The agreement in Sochi now needs to be implemented. This had not been possible for other agreements in Syria in the past years," he added.

 

Sources: Yeni Safak, Anadolu Agency, Sputnik