BEIRUT: A senior Syrian rebel official said on Tuesday a deal between Russia and Turkey to create a buffer zone in Idlib had ended Syrian President Bashar al Assad’s hopes of regaining full control of his country.
“The Idlib deal preserves lives of civilians and their direct targeting by the regime. It buries Assad’s dreams of imposing his full control over Syria,” Mustafa Sejari, a prominent Free Syria Army (FSA) official told Reuters
Iran welcomes an agreement between Turkey and Russia over Idlib province in northwestern Syria and was consulted before it was announced, Lebanon’s Al-Mayadeen TV station reported on Tuesday, citing Iran’s foreign ministry spokesman.
Under the agreement announced on Monday after a meeting between the presidents of Russia and Turkey, Russian and Turkish troops are to enforce a new demilitarised zone in the Idlib region from which “radical” rebels will be required to withdraw by the middle of next month.
Iran has fought as an ally of President Bashar Assad in the Syrian conflict alongside Russian forces.