Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad has insisted he will not meet his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan under his terms, accusing Turkiye of being responsible for an increase in conflict within the north of Syria.
In an interview with Sky News Arabia, which was aired yesterday, Al-Assad claimed that “terrorism in Syria is made in Turkiye”, referring to Ankara’s backing of armed opposition groups in northern Syria and the Turkish military’s continued presence in some of those areas following three incursions over the years.
He denied various reports of a potential meeting with Erdogan, despite recent meetings between Turkish and Syrian defence ministers and intelligence cooperation between the two countries, as well as pressure by Al-Assad’s allies Iran and Russia.
Instead, the Syrian president reiterated the insistence for Turkiye to set a timeframe for the withdrawal of Turkish military forces from northern Syria as a primary condition for normalising relations and even meeting with him.
Source : memo