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Turkish Army, Intelligence Chiefs Convene at Hatay on the Syrian Border


7Dnews London

Sat, 12 Jan 2019 10:41 GMT

Turkey's Defence Minister Hulusi Akar, Chief of General Staff Gen. Yasar Guler, Land Forces Commander Umit Dundar, Intelligence Chief Hakan Fidan met at southern border province of Hatay to discuss latest developments in Syria's Idlib region on Saturday January 12th.

Top Turkish officials met together on the Turkish border with Syria at Hatay, to discuss their latest strategies and the developments in Syria's ongoing conflict started in 2011.

"All efforts are being made to maintain ceasefire, stability under Sochi agreement. Our close cooperation with Russia continues in this manner," said defence minister Akar.

Last September, the Syrian regime's ally President Putin, and Syrian opposition supporter Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, agreed to set up a demilitarized zone in Syria's Idlib, at a meeting held in the Russian city of Sochi. The deal was designed to stave off a major regime assault against the opposition-held stronghold.

Stipulations of the deal in Idlib agreed between Turkey and Russia allows militants who oppose the Syrian regime to remain in the areas they already control, while Russia and Turkey will conduct joint patrols in the area with a view to preventing renewed fighting.

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