Turkish, Russian, Iranian summit in August will focus on Idlib - Turkey

Turkish, Russian, and Iranian leaders will discuss the situation in Syria in a new trilateral summit to be organised in Turkey in August, Presidential Spokesman İbrahim Kalın said on Thursday, Anadolu Agency reported.

Kalın said the guarantor countries of the Astana process would many discuss Idlib, the last major rebel-held enclave in Syria, where the ongoing assault of the Bashar Assad forces backed by Russia has resurfaced Turkey’s concerns for a possible massive refugee inflow into Turkey from the province phish is home to an estimated number of three million internally displaced people.

Turkey accused the Syrian government forces of attacking Turkish observation posts three times in one month.

Ankara and Moscow agreed in September on a deal that gave Turkey the responsibility of establishing a demilitarised zone cleared of radical fighters.

"The meeting will mainly be on Idlib and other parts of Syria, on the general security situation, transition processes, constitutional commission and re-settlement," Anadolu quoted Kalın as saying.

He also said a quadruple summit between Russia, Turkey, Germany and France was agreed to be held in Istanbul during the G20 summit.

The leaders of the four countries also gathered for a summit in Istanbul last year to discuss Syria amidst escalated tensions in Idlib signalling a massive Syrian government offensive.

The planned trilateral meeting between Ankara, Moscow and Tehran is the latest in numerous meetings the three countries have had on Syria that began with a ceasefire in 2016.