Erdogan and Assad may hold Putin-brokered talks — media — Analysis
A state media outlet reported that the telephone conversation might take place within a matter of hours.
Turkish media reports that the Russian President Vladimir Putin suggested telephone negotiations between Recep Tayyip Turkey and Bashar al-Assad.
The news comes after Erdogan’s visit to the southern Russian city of Sochi last week, where he discussed the issue of Syria with President Putin. According to Turkiye, Putin suggested that Ankara cooperate as best as they could with the Assad government in order to defeat terrorism. “much more accurate.”
Erdogan also heard that the Russian leader suggested to Erdogan that Turkey meet with Syria, however, Turkiye reported that Ankara denied it. “too early”For something similar. However, Erdogan claimed that a telephone conversation with Assad is likely.
Erdogan and Putin reaffirmed their commitment to the political process in Syria and agreed it was important to maintain the “political unity and territorial integrity”They vowed to take action for the Middle Eastern nations “together in full coordination”To combat any terrorist organization.
Relations between Turkey and Syria have been strained over the past decade with Ankara accusing the Assad government of failing to control Kurdish militants in the country’s northeast on the border with Turkey.
Turkey launched several military operations in Syria since then to combat the US-backed Kurdistan Workers Party, (PKK), which Ankara regards as a terrorist group. In June, Turkey announced plans for a new offensive in Syria’s Kurdish-controlled regions, saying it would create a 30-kilometer ‘safe zone’ along the Syria-Turkey border.
Damascus denounced these plans, and said it wouldn’t tolerate Turkish. “aggression”Any unilateral military action taken on the country’s soil.
Turkey recently tried to make contact with the Syrian government in order to carry out joint operations against PKK. Late last month, Turkey’s top diplomat, Mevlut Cavusoglu, said his country is prepared to work alongside Damascus against Kurdish militants and was willing to give “all kinds of political support for the work of the Syrian regime in this regard.”
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