October 19, 2018 / 9:02 AM / 25 days ago

Istanbul summit on Syria aimed at avoiding new humanitarian disaster: France

PARIS (Reuters) - The leaders of France, Germany, Turkey and Russia will meet on Oct 27 in Istanbul to discuss the war in Syria and identify ways of avoiding a humanitarian catastrophe in the country’s Idlib region, the French presidency said on Friday.

President Emmanuel Macron’s office said Paris wanted to ensure a ceasefire in Idlib remained in place to prevent a new exodus of refugees and to provide new momentum for peace talks.

Reporting by Jean-Baptiste Vey; writing by John Irish; editing by Richard Lough

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