Tripartite talks in Moscow bring together the defense ministers of Russia, Turkey and Syria

The Russian Ministry of Defense announced that the Minister of Defense Russian Sergei Shoigu, the Turkish Hulusi Akar, and the Syrian Ali Mahmoud Abbas held tripartite talks in Moscow to discuss ways to solve the Syrian crisis, and the need to continue dialogue to achieve stability in Damascus.

For the first time in 11 years

According to the ministry’s statement: “On December 28, tripartite talks were held in Moscow between the defense ministers of the Russian Federation, the Syrian Republic and Turkey, during which they discussed ways to solve the Syrian crisis and the refugee problem, and joint efforts to combat extremist groups in Syria.”

She added, “After the meeting, the parties referred to the constructive nature of the dialogue that took place in this way and the need for its continuation, in order to further stabilize the situation in the region as a whole.”

The Russian Ministry of Defense also indicated that Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar and Syrian Ali Mahmoud Abbas are meeting in Moscow for the first time in 11 years.

Hulusi Akar (archive from France Press)

Hulusi Akar (archive from France Press)

Official visit

The Turkish Ministry of Defense announced that the Turkish Minister of Defense and Chief of Intelligence, Hulusi Akar and Hakan Fidan, arrived on an official visit to Moscow to hold important talks with their Russian counterparts.

According to the ministry: “National Defense Minister Hulusi Akar and the head of the National Intelligence Organization, Hakan Fidan, are in the Russian capital, Moscow, to hold meetings and address important issues with a number of Russian officials.”

Earlier, Akar commented on the issue of the “possible tripartite meeting between the defense ministers of Turkey, Syria and Russia” announced by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

As the Turkish Defense Minister said: “Everything that needs to be done is done in accordance with procedures at all levels in order to protect the rights and interests of our countries, and there are contacts within this scope as well.”

Since the outbreak of the Syrian crisis in 2011

The meeting is the first official at the ministerial level between Turkey and Syria since the outbreak of the Syrian crisis in 2011, and the resulting tension in relations between Ankara and Damascus.

The foreign ministers of the two countries had held a brief informal conversation on the sidelines of a regional summit held in 2021, and Ankara had previously acknowledged communication at the level of the intelligence services.

According to Turkish media, the director of the Turkish intelligence services, Hakan Fidan, was present in Moscow on Wednesday.

The meeting between Akar and Abbas comes at a time when Erdogan has been threatening for weeks to launch a military attack in northern Syria against Kurdish groups.

Last week, Akar indicated that Ankara is in contact with Moscow in order to “open the Syrian airspace” to Turkish fighters.

Armed conflict.. and Syrian factions

In early 2011, Syria witnessed demonstrations against the regime, which quickly turned into an armed conflict that greatly strained relations between Damascus and Ankara.

With the start of the conflict, Turkey strongly opposed the regime of Syrian President Bashar Al-Ashd, supported Syrian opposition factions, and received about four million Syrian refugees.

The conflict in Syria has caused the death of about half a million people and caused massive destruction to the infrastructure and productive sectors, and led to the displacement and displacement of millions of people inside and outside the country.

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