Erdogan: Four-way summit on Syria with Putin, Merkel in the works

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan addresses his supporters, in Izmir, Turkey, Saturday, Feb. 22, 2020. (Presidential Press Service via AP, Pool)

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On Saturday, Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan announced he’ll be meeting with leaders from Russia, Germany and France to discuss the ongoing conflict in Syria. According to Erdogan, the four-way summit will focus on the northwestern province of Idlib and the fighting that has displaced nearly a million people.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron pushed for the end of the conflict in a series of calls made on Friday.

Erdogan previously said he would discuss the issue with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

“For us, the matter of Idlib is as important as Afrin and the area of Operation Peace Spring. I expressed our determination clearly to Putin last night. I also mentioned it to Merkel and Macron yesterday. On March 5th, we will meet again and we will talk about these things.” – Tayyip Erdogan, President of Turkey

German Chancellor Angela Merkel, third left, speaks with Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis, second left, and French President Emmanuel Macron, right, during an EU summit in Brussels, Friday, Feb. 21, 2020. (Yves Herman, Pool Photo via AP)

Reports have suggested the summit could take place in Istanbul. In the meantime, Turkey has played host to nearly 4 million Syrian refugees and warned it can’t handle the influx of newly displaced citizens.

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Pakistani, UN officials urge Afghan peace settlement at refugee summit in Islamabad

Prime Minister of Pakistan Imran Khan addresses the Refugee Summit in Islamabad, Pakistan, Monday, Feb. 17, 2020. U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres is on a three-day visit to meet with country’s top leadership and attend an international conference to recognize 40 years of Afghans living as refugees. (AP Photo/B.K. Bangash)

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Pakistan hosted a UN Conference to discuss the future of Afghan refugees in the country.

While speaking at the Refugee Summit Monday, Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan said the majority of Afghans exiled from their country want to eventually come back home.

U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, left, attends the Refugee Summit with Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan, in Islamabad, Pakistan, Monday, Feb. 17, 2020. (AP Photo/B.K. Bangash)

“Who wants to be a refugee? It is probably the most difficult decision for a human being to leave his home.” stated Imran Khan, Prime Minister of Pakistan

Pakistan hosted roughly 1.4 million Afghans, who have been displaced due to an ongoing war.

For their part, UN officials urged a long-term peace agreement and political dialogue between the Afghan government and the Taliban.

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