Sweden calls for pressure on Syrian regime over Idlib

Sweden calls for pressure on Syrian regime over Idlib

Pressure should be increased, ceasefire and humanitarian access demanded, says country's foreign minister

News Service AA

Sweden's foreign minister urged the European Union on Monday to pressure Syria's Bashar al-Assad regime over its attacks in Idlib province.

With around a million Syrians fleeing due to the attacks, pressure on the Assad regime should be increased and a ceasefire and humanitarian access should demanded, Ann Linde said on Facebook.

Her remarks came after a meeting of foreign ministers of European Union countries in Brussels.

Mentioning that Sweden had allocated 35 million euros ($38 million) for the humanitarian crisis in Idlib, she stressed that the Assad regime’s attacks were horrible.

In September 2018, Turkey and Russia agreed to turn Idlib into a de-escalation zone in which acts of aggression are expressly prohibited.

Since then, however, more than 1,800 civilians have been killed in attacks by Assad regime and Russian forces flouting both a 2018 ceasefire and a new one that started on Jan. 12 this year.


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