The Turkish and Syrian foreign ministers will hold their first meeting in more than a decade on Wednesday in Moscow as more and more countries are taking steps to normalize with Damascus.
The meeting will also be attended by the foreign ministers of Russia and Iran and will build on the progress of other Russian-hosted talks between Syria and Turkey. The effort started in December 2022, when the Turkish and Syrian defense ministers met for the first time since the Syrian war broke out in 2011.
According to Al-Mayadeen, the Turkish Foreign Minister said the officials at Wednesday’s meeting will “exchange views on the normalization of relations between Turkey and Syria, discuss humanitarian issues… and the voluntary, safe and dignified return of asylum seekers.”
The engagement between Damascus and Ankara is significant as Turkey was a major supporter of the failed regime change effort against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and currently occupies areas of northern Syria. Damascus has made clear that any normalization deal must include the withdrawal of Turkish troops from Syrian territory.
Turkish and Syrian officials last met on April 25 in Moscow, when their defense and intelligence chiefs held talks. After the meeting, a Turkish official said the condition for a Turkish withdrawal from Syria is the end of the “YPG threat” in the country, referring to the primary military component of the SDF, the Kurdish-led group that is backed by the US.
7 thoughts on “Syrian, Turkish Foreign Ministers to Hold First Meeting in Over a Decade”
President Erdoğan can vacate Syria and leave policing of Kurds to President Assad, who can always provide warnings and ask for help if Kurds insist on gorilla war attacks inside Türkiye.
Yes, but that leaves Russia alone to neutralize Washington/Israel in one more theatre.??
Russia can neutralize Israel quickly. It’s US that will be an issue. But I sense the Arab league may put pressure on US soon.
Makes sense. And that would be beautiful. Israel’s Clean Break begins to appear to have broke the other way.
Another dagger in the US ME foreign policy…!
How many more daggers do we need?…
As many as all the sanctioned countries…!
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