Syria does not want fighting with Turkey: Muallem

Syria’s Foreign Minister Walid al-Muallem says Damascus does after any conflict with Ankara after Turkish and Syrian government forces reportedly exchanged fire in Syria’s northwestern province of Idlib, the last major bastion of terrorists in the Arab country.

“We hope that our military and the Turkish military do not fight. This is our principled stance,” Moualem said at a joint press conference with his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi in the capital Beijing on Tuesday.

“What we are fighting is terrorists, especially in Idlib, which is Syrian territory, part of our country,” he said.

Muallem’s comments came days after Turkey’s Defense Ministry claimed that Syrian government forces had carried out a deliberate attack on one of its observation posts in the troubled region, denying Russian assertions that a ceasefire had been put in place in Idlib.

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