Merkel asks after talking with Erdogan to stop the offensive of the Syrian regime



German Chancellor Angela Merkel today called for the cessation of “the offensive operations of the Syrian regime and those who support it,” after having a telephone conversation with the President of Turkey, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the German government said.

Both agreed that “there is an urgent need to agree on a new ceasefire and to start political talks as soon as possible,” German Federal Government spokesman Steffen Seibert added in a statement.

Merkel transferred to Erdogan in that conversation his condolences for the death of Turkish soldiers yesterday in the Syrian province of Idlib, where 33 soldiers of that nationality died by fire of the Syrian Army.

In addition, the German chancellor assured the Turkish president of Germany’s solidarity in humanitarian aid to displaced people in Idlib, Seibert said.

Earlier, German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas had condemned on behalf of his Government “the continuing attacks by the Syrian regime and its Russian allies in northern Syria. Last night’s events show the great danger of further military escalation”, stated in a statement.

“We are running out of time, we need a ceasefire for Idlib to open the way back to political talks,” Maas added.

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