As countdown to the elections scheduled to take place in Turkiye on May 14 started, the Turkish government announced the dates for holding the quadripartite meeting of the foreign ministers of Türkiye, Syria, Russia and Iran, will likely be held on the 10th of May in the Russian capital.
The Turkish government stated that the withdrawal of the Turkish forces could be one of the last steps in Syria, after it had announced that it would not withdraw from the lands it occupies in northern Syria.
Turkish Anadolu News Agency quoted Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu as saying in an interview with the Turkish NTV television on Wednesday, “Russia submitted a proposal regarding the date of the meeting of foreign ministers, and it is likely that it will be held on May 10 in the capital, Moscow”.
He referred to the holding of preparatory talks between the parties to hold the quadripartite meeting at the level of foreign ministers within the framework of a specific road map between them.
Çavuşoğlu claimed that Türkiye is not the obstacle to establishing permanent peace and stability in Syria, and added, “Here are the terrorist ISIS organizations, as well as the People’s Protection Units-YPG and PKK-PYD, which want to divide Syria, and we must Together we fight against this”.
The Turkish Foreign Minister insisted Türkiye’s supports the unity of Syria’s borders and soil, and that all other parties know that as well, and added, “One of the goals of dialogue with Damascus is to ensure the safe return of migrants, pointing to the return of 550,000 Syrians until yesterday to safe areas”.
Çavuşoğlu referred to what he called the preconditions put forward by Syria on various occasions, referring to ending the Turkish military presence, are not realistic, and stressed that the withdrawal of Turkish forces from Syrian territory could be one of the last steps in the currently fragmented Syria, he said.
Within the framework of the path of normalization of relations between Damascus and Ankara, which is sponsored by Russia, Syria focuses on 3 main points, the first of which is the need to end the illegal Turkish presence in the Syrian territories, and then not to interfere in Syrian internal affairs, and combat terrorism in all its forms.
Çavuşoğlu’s statements come with the approaching election date in Türkiye, scheduled for May 14, as reports speak of vulgar electoral propaganda attempts on the part of the head of the administration, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, and its officials, as Erdogan faces one of the most fateful elections during the two decades of his rule.
On the 25th of last April in Moscow, a quartet meeting held that included the defense ministers of Syria, Russia, Iran and Türkiye.