Erdogan to meet Merkel, Putin and Macron for Idlib summit
February 22, 2020
The leaders of Turkey, Germany, France and Russia will meet in March to discuss escalating violence in Syria's last rebel enclave. Merkel and Macron had called on Erdogan and Putin to find a "political solution."
The announcement came the same day a Turkish soldier was killed in Idlib during shelling by government forces, according to state-run news agency Anadolu.
On Friday, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron urged the Turkish leader to join a four-party Syria summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin during a teleconference.
"We will come together on March 5 and discuss these issues," Erdogan said in a televised speech, after his phone call with Putin on Friday.
Erdogan did not specify where the meeting would be held on March 5, but confirmed Merkel, Putin and Macron would be present.
"I stated our determination on Idlib clearly to Putin yesterday. I also mentioned it to Merkel and Macron too," Erdogan told supporters in the Turkish coastal city of Izmir, referring to his calls with the three leaders.
Merkel and Macron on Friday called on Erdogan to find a "political solution" to the crisis in Idlib. According to the chancellor's office, the two European leaders "expressed their willingness to meet President Putin and Turkish President Erdogan" to discuss possible solutions.
Months-long conflict in Idlib has seen almost one million civilians flee the violence after Russia-backed Syrian troops carried out an offensive against rebels supported by Ankara.