Russia appoints date to receive Turkey, Syria, Iran diplomats

QAMISHLI, Syria (North Press) – Turkey’s Deputy Foreign Minister Burak Akcapar and his Syrian counterpart Ayman Susan will meet in Moscow on Wednesday for two days as a part of efforts to improve the Syrian-Turkish relations.

The two-day talks will be hosted by Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov, with the participation of the Iranian side represented by Ali-Ashgar Khaji, senior aide to Iran’s foreign minister.

During the talks this week, the four parties will try to overcome differences between Syria and Turkey in a bid to pave the way for a meeting between Syrian and Turkish foreign ministers under the four-way format.

The Turkish delegation will focus on “counterterrorism issue, revival of the political process in Syria and continuation of the constitutional committee meetings,” Russian news agency TASS reported, citing diplomatic sources.

On March 8, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said that the deputy foreign ministers of Russia, Turkey, Syria and Iran will meet in Moscow next week.

On Feb. 23, Bogdanov said that the foreign ministers of Iran, Syria, Turkey and Russia would hold a meeting to seek a solution for the Syrian crisis without specifying a date.

Turkey’s efforts to normalize relations with Syria have developed over the past two months.

Late in December 2022, a trilateral meeting took place between the defense ministers of Turkey, Syria and Russia in Moscow, marking the first high-level meeting between Syria and Turkey since the onset of the Syrian war in 2011.

Reporting by Emma Jamal