September 21, 2018 / 10:08 AM / 6 months ago

Steps to remove 'moderate opposition' from Syria's Idlib unacceptable, Turkey says

FILE PHOTO: Rebel fighters from the Ahrar al-Sham Islamic Movement walk on a hill in Jabal al-Arbaeen, which overlooks the northern town of Ariha, one of the last government strongholds in the Idlib province May 26, 2015. REUTERS/Khalil Ashawi/File Photo

ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkey on Friday said that steps to remove members of the “moderate opposition” from Syria’s Idlib region were unacceptable.

President Tayyip Erdogan’s spokesman, Ibrahim Kalin, made the comment at a news conference. Turkey has agreed with Russia on a demilitarized zone in the Idlib region, which it will jointly patrol with Russia.

Reporting by Ali Kucukgocmen and Ezgi Erkoyun; Writing by David Dolan; Editing by Daren Butler

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