Iran: Tehran is “very satisfied” with the dialogue between Turkey and Syria

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Iran: Tehran is “very satisfied” with the dialogue between Turkey and Syria

Turkey and Syria recently began normalizing their long-strained relationship

Iran is “very satisfied” with the dialogue between Turkey and Syria, Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian said today.

“We are very pleased to see that relations between Damascus and Ankara are beginning to change,” said the minister who traveled to Turkey today.

“We think that any positive development between the two countries will be beneficial for our region and our countries,” Abdollahian added during a press conference with his Turkish counterpart Mevlut Cavusoglu in Ankara.

Turkey and Syria have recently begun normalizing their long-strained relationship.

A tripartite meeting was already held in Moscow in December between the defense ministers of Turkey, Syria and Russia, the first since the start of the war in Syria in 2011, which has greatly strained relations between Ankara and Damascus.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, for his part, said he may meet his Syrian counterpart Bashar al-Assad after the meetings at the level of defense and then foreign ministers.

Ankara has been supporting Syrian rebels trying to overthrow the regime of President Bashar al-Assad for 12 years.

Cavusoglu previously said he intended to meet his Syrian counterpart Faisal Mekdad in the second half of January.

However, Damascus does not seem to share Ankara’s desire to open up. Assad estimated last week that the ongoing Syrian-Turkish meetings, under the auspices of Moscow, should first result in “the end of the (Turkish) occupation” of Syrian territory.

Turkey has launched three attacks on Syrian soil since 2016 against Kurdish forces in the north that have allowed it to control a border zone that Damascus denounces its “occupation”.

The possibility of reconciliation between the two countries alarmed the leaders of the Syrian opposition, whose strongholds are mostly in the areas under the control of Turkish forces.

The prospect of reconciliation also raised concerns in Washington, but received the approval of Moscow, which is Damascus’ main military backer.

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