​​​​​​​Cold talk, postponement of ministerial meeting.. Where rapprochement between Damascus, Ankara reach?

 The past few days witnessed an almost complete absence to talk about the rapprochement of the Turkish occupation state with the Damascus government, and the meeting of the foreign ministers of Damascus and Ankara was postponed without specifying a clear date for this meeting, so where did this rapprochement reach?

 After more than a decade of Turkish war on Syria, Russia is trying hard to bring the two parties (Ankara and Damascus) closer together. Perhaps the meeting of the Turkish Minister of War, Hulusi Akar, with the Minister of Defense of the Damascus government, Ali Mahmoud Abbas in Moscow, was part of this path.

 Reports indicate that the Russian efforts will not succeed in reaching a rapprochement between Damascus and the Turkish occupation state, especially since the latter is the one that sent mercenaries to all parts of Syria, fueled sectarianism and national intolerance by inciting against sects, religions and nationalities in Syria, and changed the country's demography and occupied large parts of the north  Syrian, continues to kill citizens and soldiers alike.

 Any process of rapprochement between the two parties needs to address the causes of the problem between the two parties. Perhaps the nature in which Turkey was formed does not allow it to change its bloody occupation approach, and therefore it is very difficult for Ankara to implement the conditions of the Damascus government, which is justified by the withdrawal of the Turkish occupation army and the cessation of support for mercenaries in the occupied areas.  Perhaps, this explains the almost complete absence to talk about the Turkish rapprochement with the Damascus government on the media, which is close to the Justice and Development government, following the conditions of Damascus.

And about the path of rapprochement, Muhammad Noureddine, a researcher in Turkish affairs, spoke to our agency, saying: "The end of 2022 witnessed the so-called Turkish road map for rapprochement with Damascus, in order to hold a meeting between Erdogan and Assad, as the preparation for this map took place through the meeting between  Syrian, Turkish and Russian defense ministers in Moscow.

 He added, "Despite the statements issued by the three ministries of defense that described the meeting as positive, we later found that the road map did not proceed as those countries wanted. The meeting of foreign ministers was postponed, and a hypothetical date was set in mid-February without it must be confirmed that this date is final or will be postponed or cancelled.

 The occupying power is not serious about rapprochement

 Regarding the postponement of the meeting of Foreign Ministers, Davutoglu and Al-Miqdad, Nouriddine saw that jurisprudence differed regarding the reasons that led to the postponement.  Whether there were any stumbling blocks and obstacles that prevented that, noting that "the Turkish side was the initiating party for the reconciliation, as well as the Russian side, in order to mitigate  from the burden of the Syrian crisis that falls on his shoulders through the rapprochement between Ankara and Damascus, but it can be said that the failure to complete this path from the last meeting of defense ministers comes primarily and perhaps completely from the Turkish side, as the Syrian side was waiting for practical steps from the Turkish side  to complete this path, through Turkey's commitment - according to what the Syrian president made clear - to withdraw its army from Syria and strike terrorist militants in Idlib and the areas controlled by Turkey.

He stressed that "the Turks rejected what might be called Syria's conditions, not out of a moody desire for that, but the Turkish desire for reconciliation with Damascus was not serious, but rather it wanted Erdogan to use the rapprochement card in his electoral campaign for the presidency, whose battle will take place next May.” He also pointed out that the Syrian side was not able to agree to complete the political track through a meeting of foreign ministers, without obtaining partial guarantees that reflect Turkey’s commitment to a clear and time-scheduled road map, which can begin to be implemented from now until the presidential elections.  and then.

 The Damascus government did not rush to rapprochement

 He added, "Turkey  did not get (as he expected) a rush from Damascus towards meeting foreign ministers and even meeting presidents. They were surprised by Damascus' solid position, unwilling to continue the political track without commitments and guarantees from Turkey to meet part of Syria's demands."



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