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Efforts Aimed at Averting Humanitarian Disaster in Idlib

Efforts Aimed at Averting Humanitarian Disaster in IdlibEfforts Aimed at Averting Humanitarian Disaster in Idlib

Iran shares the United Nations’ concern about a potential humanitarian catastrophe in Syria’s Idlib province and will seek to avert it, Hossein Jaberi Ansari, special assistant to the foreign minister, told reporters on Tuesday.

“We are also worried. We are going to work toward that not happening,” Ansari said as he arrived in Geneva for UN talks about setting up a Syrian constitutional committee, Reuters reported.

The talks are hosted by UN envoy Staffan de Mistura and  include senior Russian and Turkish officials.

In an article in the Wall Street Journal published on Tuesday, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan called on the international community to take action on Idlib, the last rebel enclave in Syria, and warned that “the entire world stands to pay the price” otherwise.

Erdogan, who met with his Russian and Iranian counterparts at a summit in Tehran last week, also said Russia and Iran had a responsibility to stop the humanitarian disaster in Idlib.

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