Turkish President Adviser: There will be no meeting between Erdoğan and Assad in the foreseeable future

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Advisers to the Turkish President, Akif Çağatay Kılıç, said in a TV interview that a possible meeting between the Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and his Syrian counterpart Bashar al Assad isn’t planned for the foreseeable future.

Akif Çağatay Kılıç added, “A meeting won’t take place anytime soon according to my knowledge, but it’s being organized by more than one side in the Turkish state, however there is no clear plan yet”.

The Turkish president adviser, answered question in regarding the Syrian refugees, which he said that Türkiye had them as guests, those whose legally residing and their status is clearly defined.

Çağatay Kılıç added, “There are also those who run away… We know that more than 500,000 Syrians have returned back to Syria”.

Çağatay Kılıç stressed that his countries position on those trying to stay in illegally is clear… The law applies to everyone in the country.

A number of Turkish and Syrian positions and statements had indicated in the past days that the path of “building dialogue” between Ankara and Damascus was suspensed due to the conditions that Syria insists on.

The Syrian president said in a TV interview with the UAE based, Sky News Arabia last week, that his conditions to meeting Erdoğan, is clear, mainly the withdrawal of the Turkish army from Syrian territories.

Assad said, “I don’t want to meet Erdoğan without preconditions… The word without preconditions for a meeting means without an agenda, without an agenda means without preparation, without preparation means without results”.

Assad accused Erdoğan of being refuse to withdraw the Turkish troops from the Syrian lands, as Erdoğan’s real objective is to legitimize the presence of the Turkish army in Syria.

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