Pakistan has expressed its deep concern over the killing of its 33 Turkish soldiers in Syria’s Idlib region and expressed support for Turkey’s “legitimate security and humanitarian concerns”.
“Pakistan expresses its deep concern at the recent developments in Syria’s Idlib region, and conveys heartfelt condolences and sympathies to the leadership and people of Turkey over the loss of lives of a number of Turkish soldiers in an attack yesterday,” the Foreign Office said in a statement.
Earlier, as EurAsian Times reported, around 33 Turkish soldiers were killed in Syria’s Idlib province in an aerial attack by Syrian forces, according to Gov. Rahmi Dogan of Turkey’s Hatay province.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan later called a high-level security meeting, after which Turkey will respond to the Syrian attacks. Idlib is currently in the control of the rebels and the Syrian army supported by Russia wants to free Idlib from the rebels supported by the Turkish army.
Erdogan bluntly warned the Syrian regime to “stop its attacks as soon as possible” and to pull back by the end of February. “The time we have given to those who attacked our observation towers is running out,” Erdogan said.
“Pakistan once again urges the international community to play its role towards finding a political solution to the Syrian conflict, as well as addressing the prevailing humanitarian crisis,” the Pakistan Foreign office commented.
“Pakistan acknowledges and expresses support for Turkey’s legitimate security and humanitarian concerns in the region, and calls on all regional and international actors to help effectively address and resolve the situation,” it added.