The Turkish Foreign Ministry denied information about allegedly preparing telephone conversations between Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and Turkish leader Recep Tayyip Erdogan. According to the head of the Turkish diplomatic department, Mevlut Cavusoglu, direct contacts with Syria are “out of the question” now.
“Negotiations have begun through the special services,” Mr. Cavusoglu added during today’s press conference (TASS quote)
Information that the presidents of Turkey and Syria may soon hold telephone conversations appeared in the Turkish media this week. According to media reports, the discussion of the talks began after Erdogan’s meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Sochi. The last time the leaders of Syria and Turkey met was in 2011.
On August 8, Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced his intention to clear the “last region” of Syria from terrorists in the near future. He warned that Turkey was ready to launch a new military operation in northern Syria at any moment. The Kurds and the Syrian authorities have begun preparing a defense plan in case of new steps from Turkey.