Turkey’s FM reveals former communication with Syrian counterpart

QAMISHLI, Syria (North Press) – Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said on Thursday that he had held a short talk with his Syrian counterpart, Faisal Mekdad, a while ago.

Speaking to reporters on the final day of the 13th Ambassadors Conference in Ankara, Cavusoglu said that he had held a brief chat with Mekdad, during the meeting of the Non-Aligned Movement meeting in the Serbian capital Belgrade, which took place on October 11, 2021.

The Foreign Minister denied information about allegedly preparing telephone conversations between Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

He stressed that communications between the two countries are limited to intelligence services, something that Erdogan said last week.

“We have to somehow bring opposition and the regime in Syria together to reach an agreement. Otherwise, there will be no lasting peace,” he added.

The minister also noted that there must be strong administration in Syria to prevent any division of the country, adding that this can only be achieved through unity and solidarity.

Turkey’s top diplomat said that Russia has been insisting for a while on the need to open communication channels between Turkey and Syria.

On July 27, Cavusoglu said that his country would provide all kinds of political support to the Syrian government in terms of fighting “terrorism.”

Earlier on April 20, Cavusoglu hinted at the possibility of security talks with the Syrian government. However, the Syrian government denied such cooperation saying, “There can be no cooperation in the fight against terrorism with a terrorist regime that supports, trains and spreads terrorism in the region and the world,” said SANA, the Syrian state-run news agency on April 22.

Reporting by Adnan Hamo