Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said he had a “short talk” with Syrian Foreign Minister Faisal Mikdad on the sidelines of a meeting of the Non-Aligned Movement in the Serbian capital of Belgrade last October. This was reported by the news portal CNN Arabic on August 11.
“I had a short conversation with the Syrian foreign minister at the meeting of non-aligned countries in Belgrade,” Cavusoglu said at a press conference on the sidelines of the Turkish ambassadors’ conference in Ankara, which was the first meeting between the two countries’ foreign ministers since the start of the Syrian crisis in 2011.
The Turkish Foreign Minister emphasized “the need to somehow achieve reconciliation between the opposition and the regime in Syria”, stressing that “without achieving this, there will be no lasting peace.”
Recall that since the beginning of the Syrian conflict, Turkey has taken a tough stance against Syria. Turkish leader Recep Tayyip Erdogan repeatedly accused the Syrian president Bashar al-Assad in crimes against humanity against their own people. Ankara also actively supports extremist armed groups in northern Syria, creating a de facto protectorate in the area of the so-called Greater Idlib.