Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has told reporters upon returning from the G20 summit in China’s Hangzhou that he plans to hold talks with Russian and US leaders on a ceasefire in Syria’s Aleppo.
“In China, we told Russian President Vladimir Putin that there is a need to immediately achieve a ceasefire in Aleppo. But this depends to a certain degree on talks between the Turkish, Russian and US chief diplomats. The top envoys will hold a trilateral meeting,” Erdogan told the Haberturk TV channel.
Erdogan added that he would have a phone conversation with Russian President Vladimir Putin and US President Barack Obama on this issue.
“We said that we want peace in Aleppo before the holidays begin (Eid al-Adha on September 11). Our partners are positive about this prospect. Putin affirmed that the result may be achieved within two or three days,” Erdogan said.
Erdogan said that “at the moment there are no great problems with refugees in northern Syria but there are serious difficulties only in Aleppo now.”
At the G20 summit in China, the Turkish leader discussed the ceasefire regime in Aleppo when meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin and US President Barack Obama. The issue is also actively being discussed by all three top diplomats, he said.
Ankara expects that the halt in hostilities will enter into force ahead of the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha and will last for at least several days during the holiday. Turkey hopes for a lasting ceasefire in Aleppo.