Merkel, Macron want to meet with Putin, Erdoğan to talk Syria crisis

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(From L) German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Russian President Vladimir Putin, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and French President Emmanuel Macron, leave after a conference during a summit called to attempt to find a lasting political solution to the civil war in Syria which has claimed in excess of 350 000 lives, at Vahdettin Mansion in Istanbul, on October 27, 2018. - The leaders of Turkey, Russia, France and Germany are set to meet in Istanbul to try to find a lasting political solution to the Syrian civil war and salvage a fragile ceasefire in a rebel-held northern province. (Photo by OZAN KOSE / AFP)

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron told Russia’s Vladimir Putin they want to meet him and Turkey’s Recep Tayyip Erdoğan to defuse the crisis in Syria, AFP reported.

In their phone call with the President Putin, Merkel and Macron expressed their “concern over the humanitarian catastrophe for residents of Syria’s Idlib province,” Merkel’s office said.

A months-long offensive by Russia-backed Syrian troops against rebels backed by Turkey in northwest Idlib has seen close to 1 million civilians flee the violence.

The two European Union leaders “expressed their willingness to meet [with] President Putin and Turkish President Erdogan to find a political solution to the crisis,” the chancellor’s office said.

Merkel and Macron “called for the immediate end to the fighting and [for] unfettered humanitarian access to people in need,” their statement said.

Since Syria’s civil war erupted in 2011, the country has never seen so many people displaced in so short a time.

In nine years, millions of civilians have fled their homes and more than 380,000 have been killed.

Russia on Wednesday objected to the UN Security Council adopting a statement that would have called for a ceasefire in Idlib, diplomats said, after a tense closed-door meeting.

The UN urged neighboring Turkey to admit the new displaced people, but Ankara is resisting as it already hosts some 3.7 million Syrians in its territory.

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