Pompeo says the US “is reviewing options” to “assist” Turkey
The president of the United States, Donald Trump, has condemned this Friday the attack on Thursday in the Syrian province of Idlib (northwest) in which 33 Turkish soldiers died, while calling with his Turkish counterpart, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the end of the offensive against this area of the Arab country.
The White House has said in a statement that Trump has moved his condolences to Erdogan for what happened, before reaffirming his support for Ankara’s efforts to “de-escalate the situation in northwestern Syria and avoid a humanitarian catastrophe.”
“The two leaders have agreed that the Syrian regime, Russia and the Iranian regime must stop their offensive before more innocent civilians die and are displaced,” he has settled.
Likewise, the US Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, has condemned “in the strongest possible terms” the “despicable and brazen” attack on the Turkish Army. In parallel, he has assured that the country “is reviewing options” to assist its “ally in NATO”.
“The United States is collaborating with our Turkish allies and is reviewing options to assist Turkey against this aggression, while we seek to prevent the regime of (the president of Syria, Bashar) from Assad and Russian brutality and alleviate humanitarian suffering in Idlib, “Pompeo said in a statement.
“The Al Assad regime, Russia, Iran and Hezbollah must cease their attacks in Idlib,” since “their actions directly prevent a ceasefire” in northern Syria, he added. “The attacks must end, humanitarian access must be guaranteed,” he said, also referring to a “political solution in line” with resolution 2254 of the United Nations Security Council.
For its part, the Turkish Presidency has stated that Erdogan has reaffirmed Ankara’s “determination” to “clean the area determined in Idlib from elements of the (Syrian) regime by the Sochi memo”, as reported by the Turkish newspaper ‘Daily Sabah ‘.
The convictions have been joined by the Government of France, which has transferred its “condolences and solidarity” to Ankara after the attack and has denounced the “repeated violations of its commitments by Syria and Russia.”
French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian has reiterated the call from Paris to Damascus and Moscow to “end the military offensive in the Syrian northwest” and “fully respect their obligations to Humanitarian Law” and ” return to the agreements of fire can reached in autumn of 2018 to put an immediate end to the hostilities “.
In a call with his Turkish counterpart, Mevlut Cavusoglu, Le Drian has stressed that “Russia must continue its negotiations with Turkey to achieve a de-escalation in Idlib and allow the relaunching of the political process.”
Finally, he has applauded the “efforts” of the neighboring countries of Syria, “and Turkey in particular,” to “help Syrian refugees,” while showing France’s “determination” to “mobilize humanitarian assistance. reinforced, nationally and with the European Union and its member states. ”
THE SYRIAN ATTACK IN IDLIB
The death of the 33 Turkish military in the attack of the Syrian forces in Idlib caused an emergency meeting headed by the president of Turkey, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, and resulted in an Ankara military response against positions of the Syrian Army in the provinces of Idlib , Aleppo, Hama and Latakia.
In this regard, Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar has said that the Armed Forces have killed 329 Syrian military and have reached 200 government targets in these attacks, according to the Turkish newspaper ‘Daily Sabah’.
Against the balance offered by the Turkish Ministry of Defense, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which has a wide network of activists in Syrian territory, has ensured that the air strikes and the Turkish bombings in Idlib have killed at least 16 Syrian military .
For its part, Russia has said it did everything possible so that the Turkish military was not hit by the attack of the Syrian forces and has argued that it came in response to a “broad offensive” by Hayat Tahrir al Sham (HTS) against positions of the Army of the Arab country in Idlib.
The province of Idlib and areas of Aleppo and Hama are in the hands of several armed groups, the most important of which is the HTS jihadist group. The Syrian Government has argued that the offensive is part of its fight against terrorism in the country.