We are ready to transfer control of our presence in Syria to Damascus

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said that his country is ready to transfer control of its areas of presence in Syria to the authority of the Syrian government.

On Thursday, Mevlut Cavusoglu stressed the need to secure a safe return of Syrian refugees to their country, according to the Anadolu Agency.

This came in a speech he delivered, Thursday, in the capital, Ankara, during the “end-of-year assessment meeting,” which includes the activities of the Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

The minister added that the Syrian regime wants the Syrians to return to their country, stressing that “it is important that this be done positively while ensuring their safety.”

Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar had said after his meeting His Syrian counterpart, Ali Abbas In Moscow yesterday, the meeting discussed “what can be done to ensure the positive development of the situation in Syria and the region as soon as possible, and to ensure peace, calm and stability.”

The meeting, which lasted two hours, took place in Moscow, in the presence of Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu and intelligence officials of the three countries (Syria, Turkey, and Russia).

Akar said in statements before leaving Moscow, which were published by Turkish media on Thursday morning, “One of the most important issues we raised in the meeting is the fight against terrorism. We emphasized that we respect the territorial integrity and sovereignty of all our neighbors, especially Syria and Iraq, and that our only goal is to fight terrorism and we have no other purpose.” .

He added, “We mentioned that we aim to neutralize members of terrorist organizations, such as ISIS, the PKK, and the People’s Protection Units, which also pose a threat to Syria. We said that we are making efforts to ensure the security of our country, our nation, and our borders. We also mentioned that we are making efforts to prevent further migration from Syria to Turkey.” “.

He continued, “We stressed the need to solve the Syrian problem in a comprehensive manner within the framework of Security Council Resolution No. 2254, and in this sense, we consider that the actions that will be implemented in the coming days will seriously contribute to establishing peace and stability in the region and Syria.”

Akar made it clear that he agreed with his Syrian counterpart on the continuation of the tripartite meetings, and said: “We hope that peace, calm and stability will come to the region as soon as possible, so we will continue to perform our duties as we have done so far, and we will make the necessary contributions.”

In the first Syrian reaction to the meeting, the Syrian Ministry of Defense said that the meeting that brought together the Minister of Defense, Ali Mahmoud Abbas, and the Director of General Intelligence, Hossam Louka, with their Turkish counterparts, Hulusi Akar and Hakan Fidan, with the participation of the Russian side, was “positive.”

The ministry added that the meeting dealt with several files.

The talks discussed ways to resolve the Syrian crisis, and the need to continue dialogue to achieve stability.

The issue of refugees and joint efforts to combat extremist groups in Syria were also discussed, according to the Russian Ministry of Defense.

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