UK thanks Turkey for its ‘longstanding role’ in Syria

September 20, 2018 Off By Web Desk

The United Kingdom officially thanked Turkey on Wednesday for responding to the Syrian refugee crisis and maintaining regional security.

The gesture came during a visit to Turkey by British Minister for the Middle East Alistair Burt.

Turkey is an important and longstanding friend of the UK, and I was pleased that I was able to offer the UK’s thanks to our partners in the Turkish government for their frontline role in tackling the Syrian refugee crisis, Burt said in a statement published on the British government’s website.

Burt, who visited Gaziantep, Istanbul and Ankara, met with representatives of the Turkish government to discuss efforts to prevent a humanitarian disaster in Syria’s Idlib province.

We are encouraged by this week’s agreement between Turkey and Russia to avoid a military offensive by the Syrian regime and its allies, Burt said.

This agreement, if implemented in accordance with international humanitarian law, will help to avoid a humanitarian catastrophe, he added.

Burt met with Ibrahim Kalin, chief advisor to President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, and Deputy Interior Minister Ismail Catakli, the statement said.

He thanked the Turkish government for its important role in supporting over 3.5 million Syrians displaced by the conflict and discussed ways that the UK and Turkey can continue to work closely together, it added.

Source: International Islamic News Agency