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Turkish, Syrian FMs to Meet as 2nd-Stage Normalization Contact

  • Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar (C) in Moscow, Russia, Dec. 28, 2022.

    Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar (C) in Moscow, Russia, Dec. 28, 2022. | Photo: Twitter/ @RadioPakistan

Published 29 December 2022

However, Türkiye warned that a land incursion into Syria is an option that remains in force in case new threats to Turkish territory occur.

On Thursday, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said that the next contact with the Syrian government as part of a road map for dialogue between the two countries will be between the foreign ministers.


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The foreign ministers' meeting will be the second stage of the contact after defense ministers of Russia, Türkiye and Syria met in Moscow on Wednesday for normalization between Türkiye and Syria in the decade-long Syrian war.

The meeting in Moscow marked the first high-level contact between the two neighbors since 2011 when the Syrian war broke out, as Türkiye has backed the rebels fighting the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

"I can say it was a useful meeting. We see that an engagement with the (Syrian) government is important for a political solution. A meeting at the level of foreign ministers is now scheduled. But there is no concrete timetable yet," Cavusoglu said. 

This engagement with Damascus is also important for the reconciliation between the Syrian opposition and the Syrian government, the Turkish minister noted.

However, Cavusoglu stressed that Ankara has not changed its stance on a possible land incursion into Syria in case of a threat against Türkiye despite the ongoing dialogue.

"Our fight against terrorism in Syria will continue with determination. This can be on land or by air. The current engagement with the government, direct or indirect contacts, does not prevent our fight against terrorism," he said.

In November, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan vowed to launch a ground operation into northern Syria against the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG).

Ankara considers the YPG the Syrian branch of the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), which is listed as a terrorist organization by Türkiye, the United States and the European Union, and has rebelled against the Turkish government for more than three decades.

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