Russia to Host Meeting of Syria and Turkish Intel and Defense Chiefs

Iranian officials will also attend the meeting that will build on efforts to reach a normalization deal between Turkey and Syria

Russia will host a meeting of intelligence and defense chiefs from Turkey, Syria, and Iran on Tuesday as part of an effort to work toward the normalization of relations between Ankara and Damascus.

Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar announced the planned meeting that will be held in Moscow and said the goal is to “find a solution to the existing issues through talks and ensure peace and tranquility in the region as soon as possible.”

Russia’s efforts to broker a normalization deal between Turkey and Syria started at the end of December when the Syrian and Turkish defense ministers met for the first time since 2011. The talks were followed up with a meeting of the deputy foreign ministers of Turkey and Syria, which was held in Moscow earlier this month.

A Turkish-Syrian rapprochement would be a significant development toward ending the war in Syria as Ankara has been a staunch supporter of groups that took up arms against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

Turkey currently occupies areas of northern Syria and has focused its recent military operations against the Kurdish-led SDF, which is backed by the US. Assad has said that any normalization deal with Turkey must result in the withdrawal of Turkish forces from Syria.

Saudi Arabia is also working toward normalizing with Damascus and recently sent its foreign minister to meet Assad in Damascus. The US is against regional countries upgrading their ties with Syria as the Biden administration prefers to keep the country isolated under crippling sanctions and wants to continue occupying eastern Syria.

Author: Dave DeCamp

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