Macron puts pressure on Russian Federation at Istanbul Syria summit

Saudi van with 3 suitcases leaves Istanbul consulate

Turkey hosts summit to seek solutions to end war in Syria

The attack followed a quadrilateral summit on the future of Syria hosted by the Turkish president, which included the leaders of Russia, Germany, and France.

We stressed our firm belief that the Syrian conflict does not have a political decision and can be resolved during the negotiation politic process in accordance with the UN Security Council resolution 2254, ' reads the message.

"At the end of this political process, there must be free elections to which all Syrians have access - including the diaspora", Merkel told the conference.

"Minister Moalem indicated he would get back to me if new instructions came from his own leadership", Mistura said.

Erdogan, along with Russia's Vladimir Putin, France's Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel met to try and find a lasting solution to the Syrian conflict, in which more than 360,000 people have been killed since 2011.

Each leads a country to some extent buffeted by Syria's war.

Erdogan, a vocal opponent of Assad, said that Syrians "inside and outside" the country will decide the president's fate.

"Russia has prevented the fall of the Syrian regime, ensuring the dominance of Damascus throughout the country, in exchange for establishing two long-standing permanent military bases", Dilek explained. Germany and France have taken in tens of thousands of Syrians.

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Turkish howitzers targeted positions held by the YPG fighters on the eastern flank of the Euphrates River that splits northern Syria roughly into eastern and western halves, state-run Anadolu news agency said.

Macron said that the Istanbul summit is a continuation of Astana.

Syria's United Nations envoy Bashar Jaafari maintained on Friday that the buffer zone is temporary and that Idlib would eventually revert to government control. Anti-Assad groups are now penned into the northern province of Idlib and surrounded by more than 2 million civilians. "But Washington has been forcing its ally for a final decision", he said.

The parties also reaffirmed their commitment to fight terrorism in Syria, including groups like DL, al-Nusra and others, included the United Nations security Council as a terrorist.

Under their deal last month, Turkey and Russian Federation agreed to set up a buffer zone running 15-20km into rebel territory that had to be evacuated of all heavy weapons and all jihadist fighters.

Hawar said there were no reports of casualties.

Over the past two years, the SDF has helped drive Islamic State fighters from almost all cities and towns the militants controlled in their self-declared caliphate in Syria. He called it a "difficult fight".

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