The US State Department commented to Al-Hurra on the signs of the Turkish-Syrian rapprochement

The US State Department confirmed, on Tuesday, that Washington does not support the “rehabilitation of the brutal dictator, Bashar Al-Assad,” in response to a question by Al-Hurra correspondent about the Turkish rapprochement with the Syrian regime.

US State Department spokesman Ned Price said that Washington “made it clear to all its allies and partners that now is not the time to normalize or improve relations with the Syrian regime.”

In his answer to Al-Hurra’s question, Price urged countries to look “carefully at the horrific human rights record of the Assad regime over the past 12 years, as it continues to commit atrocities against the Syrian people, and to prevent the arrival of life-saving humanitarian aid, as the Syrian people have been suffering for so long.” Almost 12 years old.

Price reaffirmed Washington’s support for working with allies, partners and the United Nations to ensure a permanent political solution to the Syrian file.

In recent months, several indications have emerged of a rapprochement between Damascus and Ankara, which has been the most prominent supporter of the political and military opposition since the outbreak of the conflict in 2011.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who had repeatedly called on his Syrian counterpart, Bashar al-Assad, to step down at the outbreak of the conflict, describing him as a “killer”, did not rule out the possibility of a meeting with him.

He suggested that the talks between the defense ministers of the two countries be followed by a meeting of the foreign ministers, which could lay the foundations for a possible presidential summit.

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu stated that he intends to meet his Syrian counterpart, Faisal al-Miqdad, in Moscow in the second half of this month.

However, it does not seem that Damascus shares the desire for rapprochement with Moscow. Analysts believe that Assad will not agree to meet Erdogan before Turkey holds general elections scheduled for June at the latest.

The possibility of a reconciliation between the two countries worried the leaders of the Syrian opposition as well as Washington, while Moscow supports the most prominent ally of Damascus, the matter.

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