Secretary of state Pompeo called for an end to “barbaric attacks” and for the ceasefire to be enforced.
US Secretary of state Mike Pompeo released a statement in connection with the escalation of violence in the Syrian province of Idlib. “The United States once again condemns the continuing unacceptable and inhumane attacks on Idlib residents by the Assad regime, Russia, Iran, and Hezbollah,” the Secretary of state said. – The mortar attack on Turkish observation posts carried out by Assad’s forces on February 3 represents a serious escalation and adds to a series of malicious attacks that have affected civilians, humanitarian workers, and infrastructure.
We support our NATO ally, Turkey, in the face of this attack, which resulted in the death of many Turkish soldiers at an observation post used for coordination and de-escalation efforts, and fully support Turkey’s justified self-defense measures. We offer our condolences to the government of Turkey for the losses suffered. The brutal actions of the Assad regime, Russia, the Iranian regime, and Hezbollah directly hinder the establishment of a ceasefire in Northern Syria.
It is necessary to stop these barbaric attacks, ensure humanitarian access and restore peace following Security Council resolution 2254. The United States will do everything possible to prevent the Assad regime from reintegrating into the world community until it begins to comply with all the provisions of resolution 2254, including the ceasefire throughout the country, including in Idlib.”