Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said that a personal meeting between Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Syrian President Bashar al-Assad should be preceded by a series of coordination contacts, and is currently being implemented.
Peskov added in press statements today, Thursday, in response to a journalist’s question about the possibility of such a meeting between the two presidents: “Such a meeting should be preceded by a number of contacts that are now being implemented. continue to work on this issue.
In addition, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad confirmed in an interview with the Novosti agency that the possibility of holding a meeting with his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan is connected with Turkey’s withdrawal from Syrian territory and the cessation of “support for terrorism.” “
Al-Assad added that Syria “trusts the Russian side, which played the role of an intermediary to facilitate contacts, but within the framework of the foundations on which Russian policy is built, namely, respect for international law, respect for the sovereignty of states, and the rejection of terrorism.” , the territorial integrity of Syria, the sovereignty of the Syrian state over its territory and the withdrawal of foreign troops.”
It is noteworthy that on December 15, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced that he had proposed to Russian President Vladimir Putin to hold a trilateral meeting with the participation of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
In December 2022, Russia hosted a meeting of the Russian, Turkish and Syrian Defense Ministers to discuss ways to resolve the Syrian crisis and joint efforts to fight terrorism, as this meeting was the first official ministerial meeting between Turkey and Syria since the start of the Syrian crisis in 2011 and its aftermath, from tensions between the two neighbors.