ISTANBUL, The quadrilateral summit, between Turkey, Russia, Germany and France, over political steps towards peace in war-torn Syria, kicked off in Turkey's Istanbul, on Saturday.
Russian President, Vladimir Putin, German Chancellor, Angela Merkel and French President, Emmanuel Macron attended the summit hosted by Turkish President, Recep Tayyip Erdogan. "The entire world is watching our summit. I believe we will not fail to meet those expectations, by adopting a sincere and constructive approach," Erdogan said, in his opening speech.
The summit is expected to discuss all aspects of the Syrian conflict, including the situation on the ground, particularly in Idlib Province, the last stronghold of the rebels, as well as, access of humanitarian aid, the drafting of a constitution and reconstruction of the country.
Ibrahim Kalin, Turkish presidential spokesman, said earlier that, the main purpose of the summit is to find new ways, "on the basis of a political solution in Syria, not military."
Erdogan and Putin in Sept, agreed to establish a demilitarised zone in Idlib, following their bilateral meeting in the Russian city of Sochi.
According to Kalin, Erdogan is expected to speak on the need to preserve the Idlib agreement and prevent assaults of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's government, as it may lead to another flow of refugees into Turkey, which currently hosts some 3.5 to four million Syrian refugees.-- NNN-XINHUA
The four leaders will hold a joint press conference following the summit.
Source: NAM News Network