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US special envoy for Syria, ambassador to UN to visit Turkey

U.S. Special Envoy for Syria James Jeffrey and U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Kelly Craft is going to visit Turkey late Monday with the purpose to hold talks with Turkish officials regarding hot-tempered issue – the Syrian crisis.

The U.S. delegation’s visit comes ahead of the meeting of Turkish and Russian leaders in the light of the recent escalation of conflict in the Northwest of Syria.

The program of visit of the delegation includes a visit of the U.N. representatives and some nongovernmental organizations dealing with the humanitarian crisis in Syria.

The latest escalation is caused by the Syrian regime’s military campaign supported by Russia to return control over Idlib province, considered to be the last opposition-held stronghold in Syria.

The offensive, which began Dec. 1, has triggered the largest single wave of displacement in Syria’s nine-year war, sending nearly 950,000 people fleeing to areas near the Turkish border for safety.

Turkey has had 54 of its soldiers killed in Idlib since the beginning of February.

source : Daily Sabah

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