Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan smiles while he arrives at Khartoum Airport, Sudan December 24,2017. REUTERS/Mohamed Nureldin Abdallah/File Photo
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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Tuesday called on Russia and Iran to halt a looming "humanitarian disaster" in Idlib, saying Syrians there could not be left to the mercy of President Bashar al-Assad.Writing in the Wall Street Journal, Erdogan said the West had an "obligation to stop the next bloodshed" but that regime allies Moscow and Tehran were "likewise responsible for stopping this humanitarian disaster".The comments came four days after the Turkish president met his Russian and Iranian counterparts for a summit in Tehran, where Erdogan sought to avert a bloody assault in Idlib.The Turkish leader also criticized Assad's bid to legitimize the fight in Idlib as a counter-terrorism operation.
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