Greater Middle East (bbabo.net), - Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said that the foreign ministers of Turkey, Syria and Russia will meet "in the second half of January." This is reported by the news portal Arab News.
The head of Turkish diplomacy said:
“We have decided to hold a trilateral meeting in the second half of January. The meeting can take place in a third country.”
As bbabo.net previously reported, the defense ministers of Turkey, Syria and Russia met in Moscow on December 28 for the first time since the start of the war in Syria in 2011, which aggravated relations between Ankara and Damascus.
In mid-December 2022, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said he could meet with his Syrian counterpart Bashar al-Assad after meetings at the level of defense and foreign ministers.
Turkey, Syria's neighbor, has been the most important political and military backer of the Syrian opposition for more than a decade.
Analysts note that Moscow is trying to overcome differences between its close partners, who are united by a common "enemy" - Kurdish forces in northern Syria, whom Ankara calls "terrorists" and who are supported by Washington. In late November, Ankara launched a series of air raids on Kurdish forces in northern Syria, threatening a new ground operation.
Having actively opposed the regime of President Bashar al-Assad since the conflict began in 2011, Turkey has softened its stance towards Damascus in recent months, seeking to improve its relations with Arab countries. Erdogan, who has repeatedly called Assad a "murderer" in recent years, said last month that a meeting with the Syrian leader was "possible."
The features and vicissitudes of the Turkish-Syrian settlement process that began with the mediation of Russia were described in the analytical material of the bbabo.net agency.