After the significant development of the Syrian-Turkish rapprochement path, culminating in a meeting between the foreign ministers of both countries in Moscow on May 9th, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu confirmed that the meetings between Syria, Turkey, Iran, and Russia will continue. He emphasized that a roadmap will be developed to normalize relations between them.
According to the Hurriyet newspaper, Cavusoglu stated that “the parties will discuss the steps that will be taken in the field of combating terrorism and the shape of the political process in the next stage.” He also mentioned that it is likely that the four foreign ministers will meet again, with a subsequent meeting at the leader level.
Regarding Syria’s requests, Cavutoglu clarified that they include the withdrawal of Turkish forces. He added that Turkey does not have plans on Syrian territory, and their presence is solely to combat terrorism and ensure the safe return of Syrian refugees to their country.
Cavusoglu emphasized that during the meeting of the foreign ministers of Syria, Turkey, Iran, and Russia, the focus was on Syria’s territorial integrity and borders, with the political process being a top priority. Its revitalization was confirmed.
Foreign Minister Faisal al-Mekdad reiterated that the primary objective is to end the illegal military presence on Syrian territory, including the Turkish forces. He emphasized that without any progress on this matter, there would be no real results, and they will continue to work towards demanding and insisting on the issue of withdrawal.
Cavutoglu’s remarks followed the quadripartite meeting of the foreign ministers of Syria, Turkey, Iran, and Russia held in Moscow on May 10. The final statement stressed several important points, including the assignment of four deputy foreign ministers to prepare a roadmap for the development of relations between Syria and Turkey. The statement also agreed to continue high-level contacts and quadripartite technical negotiations in the next phase.
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