The presidents of the United States and Turkey discussed the situation in Syria and Iraq
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Thursday discussed by telephone the situation in Syria and Iraq with U.S. President Barack Obama, adding that Obama asked him how he could help in solving problems with the evacuation of civilians from Aleppo.
Erdogan, speaking in Ankara at a joint press conference with President of Slovenia, said that at the moment of Aleppo were evacuated 1,150 inhabitants and the wounded.
According to Turkish leader, he shared with Obama his fears about Iraq: Ankara worries that supported Iran’s factions can take over the city of tall afar, and Kurdish fighters – Sinjar.
“President Obama recently had a long phone conversation. We discussed not only the situation in Syria, but in Iraq. We talked about the problems with the evacuation,” – said Erdogan.
“I reminded him about what a big responsibility will fall on us if the rest of the unfortunate situation in tal afar and Sinjar. Obama asked how he could help and I explained it to him”, he added.
The capture of Aleppo, the Syrian government forces was a humiliating blow to longstanding policy of Turkey in Syria and an important victory for its chief regional rival – Iran. According to Erdogan, Turkey continues to monitor the progress of the evacuation of civilians from Aleppo.
“At the moment, 1,150 civilians, and the wounded were evacuated from Aleppo and reached Idlib. We will continue to closely monitor the observance of the truce and the process of evacuation,” he said.