Erdogan to discuss Syria with Putin this week

Erdogan to discuss Syria with Putin this week
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Wednesday (July 25) said he will discuss developments in Syria with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin during his trip to South Africa.

Speaking at a news conference in capital Ankara prior to his visit to Johannesburg where he will attend the BRICS Summit, Erdogan said: "Developments in Syria, whether in Tal Rifat or Manbij, are not going as desired.

“The only places that are going in the desired direction are Afrin, Jarabulus and Al Bab," AA repoeted.

The president said issues in Idlib and Daraa will also be addressed during his meeting with Putin. "Anything can happen in these places at any time."

"What we want is that Syrian people would be protected from these attacks and particularly the brutal attacks of some organizations in the region," Erdogan said.

Erdogan said he will attend the summit which will end on Friday in Johannesburg as the term president of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation.

His attendance at the summit will serve as the first high-level contact between Turkey and the BRICS bloc.

"The theme of the session that I will attend is ’Global South-South Cooperation’," Erdogan said. 

Erdogan drew attention to the importance of the BRICS Summit saying: "I see the summit as an important opportunity to enhance relations between Turkey and BRICS." 

"I believe that the African continent would change the future of our ever-changing world," he added.

The BRICS regional bloc is made up of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa, countries that share over 20 percent of the global economy and contribute around 17 percent to international trade.

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