Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan said troops will stay in Syria until the Syrian people hold elections. “Whenever the Syrian people hold an election, we will leave Syria to its owners after they hold their elections,” Erdogan said at a forum in Istanbul on Thursday. Last month, Syrian regime ally Russia and rebel backer Turkey…

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said at the inauguration of the ‘Central Mosque’ in Cologne that he would like to see more such places of worship in other German cities. The Central Mosque in Cologne is the largest in the European Union and can accommodate 1,000 people. The complex is flanked by minarets 55 metres…

Pro-Turkish rebels have cautiously welcomed the Russian-Turkish agreement to create a “demilitarized zone” in Idleb province, the last insurgent stronghold in Syria, while jihadists have rejected it. Vladimir Putin and Recep Tayyip Erdogan last week overcame their divisions over the fate of this region threatened by a regime offensive, announcing the creation by 15 October…

Turkey and Russia are ready to do “everything possible” to eliminate the extremist groups still present in the Syrian province of Idlib. This was stated by the Turkish President, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, at the end of the meeting that took place on Monday, September 17, 2018 in Sochi with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin. During…

Russia and Turkey have agreed to establish a “demilitarized zone” between militants and government troops in the Syrian province of Idlib, President Vladimir Putin stated following a face-to-face meeting with Turkey’s Recep Tayyip Erdogan on September 17. “We’ve focused on the situation in the province of Idlib, considering presence of large militant groups and their…

The Iranian, Russian and Turkish presidents began a summit meeting in Tehran on Friday afternoon, September 7, 2018, to decide the fate of Idleb province, the last major jihadist and rebel stronghold in Syria. Hassan Rohani, Vladimir Putin and Recep Tayyip Erdogan found themselves in a congress centre in the north of the Iranian capital…

Turkish and Iraqi authorities continued talks this week regarding the opening of a new border crossing between the two countries to circumvent the Kurdistan Region, a proposal in consideration since the Kurds’ push for independence last year. Head of Iraqi Customs Authority, Kadhim al-Aqabi, and Turkey’s ambassador to Baghdad, Fatih Yildiz, sat down Tuesday to…