Pakistan concerned over developments in Syria’s Idlib province

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan: Pakistan has expressed its deep concern at the recent developments in Syria’s northern Idlib region, and conveyed heartfelt condolences and sympathies to the leadership and people of Turkey over the loss of lives of a number of Turkish soldiers in an airstrike.

As many as 33 Turkish soldiers were martyred in an airstrike in Idlib by the Syrian regime.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with the bereaved families and the brotherly Turkish nation,” said a statement issued by the Foreign Office in Islamabad on Friday.

The statement said that the recent developments are not only a grave threat to regional peace and security but will also exacerbate the deteriorating humanitarian situation in the region.

It said that Pakistan once again urges the international community to play its role towards finding a political solution to the Syrian conflict, as well as addressing the prevailing humanitarian crisis.

“Pakistan acknowledges and expresses support for Turkey’s legitimate security and humanitarian concerns in the region, and calls on all regional and international actors to help effectively address and resolve the situation,” the statement added.

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