Trump: Erdogan is trying to avoid a tragedy in Idlib

Trump: Erdogan is trying to avoid a tragedy in Idlib

President Erdogan “does not want people to die by the thousands and by the hundreds of thousands”, the US president stressed.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is seeking to ensure that a humanitarian disaster does not occur in Idlib province in northwestern Syria, US President Donald Trump noted.

“He is fighting in Idlib”, Trump said before embarking on Air Force One, adding that “he does not want for thousands and hundreds of thousands of people to die”.

Trump says Washington and Ankara are “working together” to determine what can be done about the aggression of the Syrian regime backed by Russia and Iran, as the UN has said this violence has already led to the displacement of 900,000 people.

“You have a lot of wars going on right now, a lot of wars going on, but I am dealing with President Erdogan”, Trump said, according to Anadolu.

Mark Lowcock, Under-Secretary-General of UN for humanitarian affairs, said Monday that “indiscriminate” violence in the region has reached a “terrifying new level” since the launch of the attack of the Assad regime in December and called on the Security Council to take action, in order to avoid destruction on historic proportions.

“The greatest humanitarian horror story of the 21st century will only be avoided if Security Council members and those with influence override their individual interests and put humanity first in a collective way”, he noted.

In September 2018, Turkey and Russia agree to turn the Idlib province into a de-escalation zone, where acts of aggression are expressly prohibited./ibna