Top Turkish, US diplomats discuss Mideast over phone
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo greets Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu before their meeting in Ankara, Turkey, Oct.17, 2018. (Reuters Photo)
Pompeo “reiterated the need for NATO to play a greater role in the region and stressed the U.S. commitment to the UN-facilitated peace process in Syria,” State Department spokeswoman Morgan Ortagus said in a statement.
Writing on Twitter, Pompeo said: “Had a good discussion on developments in the Middle East with Turkish Foreign Minister Çavuşoğlu today.”
Turkey pushed hard for the ceasefire after Idlib endured months of battering by forces of the Bashar al-Assad regime and its allies, sending about a million civilian refugees flocking to the Turkish border.
Turkey and Russia agreed in September 2018 to turn Idlib into a de-escalation zone in which acts of aggression are expressly prohibited.
Since then, more than 1,300 civilians there have been killed in attacks by the regime and Russian forces as the ceasefire continued to be
Over 1 million Syrians have moved near the Turkish border due to intense attacks over the last year.