Syria and Turkey Standoff: Mekdad Demands Withdrawal for Dialogue

Syria's foreign minister, Faisal Mekdad, stated that any dialogue with Turkey must be preceded by Ankara's withdrawal from Syrian territories. Despite efforts by Iran and Russia to mediate, attempts to reconcile have stalled. Turkey has been involved in cross-border operations and supports Syrian insurgent groups, complicating the situation.


PTI | Daman | Updated: 04-06-2024 17:56 IST | Created: 04-06-2024 17:56 IST
Syria and Turkey Standoff: Mekdad Demands Withdrawal for Dialogue
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In a significant diplomatic statement, Syria's foreign minister, Faisal Mekdad, asserted that any dialogue with Turkey must commence with Ankara's withdrawal from Syrian territories under its control. The declaration was made during a joint news conference with Iran's acting foreign minister, Ali Bagheri Kani.

This development follows Turkey's recent threats to act against Kurdish-led authorities in northeastern Syria, as they gear up for municipal elections next week. Turkey, a staunch supporter of Syrian opposition fighters, has conducted three major cross-border operations since 2016, establishing control over certain northern regions.

Efforts to reconcile Syria and Turkey have seen little progress since early 2023, despite multiple meetings in Moscow between the nations' foreign and defense ministers. Mekdad emphasized that Syria will not negotiate with occupiers, while Bagheri Kani reaffirmed Tehran's commitment to Syria's territorial integrity and its ongoing battle against terrorism.

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