Turkish poll: More than half of Turks support Erdogan’s meeting with Assad


59% of Turkish citizens support Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s meeting with his Syrian counterpart, Bashar al Assad, according to a survey conducted by the Turkish MetroPOLL research institute.

The percentage of those who voted “NO” reached 28.9%, while 12.1% preferred to remain neutral, according to the poll.

The Turkish MetroPOLL research institute conducted the survey in the period from 13 to 18 December 2022, with 2077 people from various social classes participated.

The poll indicated that the majority of supporters of the Turkish parties agreed to a meeting that would bring Erdogan and Assad together again.

Not only a supporter of the ruling “Justice and Development” party.

Omar Celik, a spokesman for the Justice and Development Party, said at the beginning of January that his country stands out as a country that produces stability and protects the entire Syrian people.

Celik saw that Türkiye presents its will to protect the territorial integrity of Syria, against the destabilizing position of every individual in the region, as he put it.

Celik indicated that President Erdogan expressed his desire clearly, which led to the development of the meeting between the intelligence services, and then to the recent meeting between the defense ministers in the Russian capital, Moscow.

Celik indicated that all these processes will mature with other political contacts.

The meeting agenda will also be formed at the highest level.

The spokesman for the Justice and Development party, Omar Celik considered that the time has come to build bridges between the two countries, as he said that “It’s time for political dialogue”.

“We’re satisfied with the point we have reached so far,” Celik said.

“There are issues that need to be talked about in other areas, including cooperation against terrorism,” Celik added.

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