Trump: US, World Watching Situation in Idlib 'Very Closely'

Thursday, 6 September, 2018 - 08:45
Washington, Moscow, Ankara – Hiba al-Qodsi, Raed Jaber, Saeed Abdul Razzak

US President Donald Trump indicated that “the world is watching, and the United States is watching very closely” the situation in Idlib, Syria, warning that if a slaughter happened, “the world is going to get very, very angry, and the United States is going to get very angry.”

Trump's statement came during a meeting at the White House with Emir of Kuwait Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmed al-Jaber al-Sabah.

On Tuesday, the White House issued a statement asserting that a chemical attack would be a reckless escalation of an already tragic conflict and would risk the lives of hundreds of thousands of people.

“It remains our firm stance that if Head of Syrian regime Bashar al-Assad chooses to again use chemical weapons, the United States and its Allies will respond swiftly and appropriately,” it noted.

The United States asserted that it will continue to work tirelessly with its allies to find a lasting diplomatic solution to resolve the hostilities in Syria under the auspices of United Nations Security Council Resolution 2254.

Meanwhile, Russia has shown its commitment to a military solution in the province, as asserted by its Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov who noted that a settlement is impossible in Syria with Idlib remaining unsolved.

"We, as we have said many times before, act precisely, selectively [in military operations in Syria], trying to minimize possible risks to the peaceful population," Deputy Foreign Minister said on Wednesday.

Also, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan warned that an attack on Syria's Idlib could cause a "massacre.”

"A serious massacre could take place if there is a rain of missiles there," Erdogan told journalists on September 5 while flying back from an official visit to Kyrgyzstan.

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