Published: Fri, September 07, 2018
Worldwide | By Lisa Hogan

Leaders of Russia, Turkey and Iran meet for high-stakes Syria talks

Leaders of Russia, Turkey and Iran meet for high-stakes Syria talks

Trump also said that if there is a slaughter in the Idlib province of Syria, the United States will be very angry. "With millions of civilians at risk, an offensive against Idlib would be a reckless escalation". Presidents Erdogan, Putin and Rouhani are now in Tehran ahead of the talks.

The new sanctions will target four individuals and five entities tied to the Assad regime that are believed to be conducting weapons shipments and financial transactions supporting upcoming attacks against civilians.

President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on Friday arrived in Iran to attend a trilateral meeting on Syria in the Iranian capital Tehran.

Over the past week Russian Federation has warned that a chemical weapon provocation is being prepared in Idlib to be further used by the West as a pretext for a new strike on the Arab Republic.

Russian Federation and Syria and have denied planning a chemical weapons attack, but USA special adviser for Syria Jim Jeffrey told reporters on September 6 that "there is lots of evidence" that chemical weapons are being prepared by government forces in Idlib.

Since 2011, Assad's regime has repeatedly been accused of using chemical weapons, including this year in its battle to retake the former rebel bastion of Eastern Ghouta near Damascus.

Russian Federation wants Turkey, which borders the province, to use its influence to rein in the dominant group Hayat Tahrir al-Sham, led by the former al-Qaeda branch in Syria, as well as rival rebels. He told Iranian state-run TV on Thursday night that, "the final statement was finalized through negotiations in Tehran and if approved by the three presidents it will be rolled out as the final statement".

The summit between Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Russian President Vladimir Putin and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani may determine whether diplomacy halts any military action. It has also created zones of control in northern Syria and has several hundred troops deployed at 12 observation posts in Idlib.

Trump shifted his public tone on Syria within a matter of weeks, as the US and its allies launched missile strikes against Syria in April over a chemical attack against civilians in the city of Duoma.

"Whatever reason there is an attack that has been made or will be made will result in disaster, massacre and humanitarian drama", he said.

While U.S. President Donald Trump had signalled that he wanted American forces out of Syria, in April he agreed to keep troops there a little longer.

The three nations previous year declared Idlib to be a "de-escalation zone", and Turkey says the cease-fire inside Idlib must not be violated.

The area in northwest Syria is home to some 3 million people - the majority of whom were displaced from other regions - as well as an array of Sunni rebels dominated by Islamist militants linked to al-Qaeda.

"Al-Qatirji and his company have been found to be working with ISIS militants and also maintain a strong working relationship with multiple officials within the Government of Syria", according to the announcement.

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