TURKEY REJECTS DIALOGUE WITH SYRIA OVER AFRIN ISSUE
Turkey on Wednesday rejected the possibility of a political dialogue on the Afrrin issue between Ankara and Damascus as suggested by Russia, China’s Xinhua news agency reported.
Turkish presidential spokesman Ibrahim Kalinhe that said intelligence agencies of Turkey and Syria are in contact when necessary.
”However, a high level political dialogue between Ankara and Damascus is out of the question,” he told a press confrence.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Tuesday urged Ankara to open direct talks with Damascus to resolve the Afrin issue.
“Turkey’s legitimate security interests may be realised and satisfied through direct dialogue with the Syrian government”, Lavrov was quoted by state-run Anadolu Agency as saying.
Ibrahim said Turkey had conveyed indirect messages to Syria via Russia and Iran within the scope of the Astana meetings.
Turkish Foreign Ministry spokesman Hami Aksoy said there is no political dialogue over the Syrian regime’s sending of Shia fighters to Afrin region.
“There may be intelligence contact,” he added.
On Tuesday, pro-Syria regime groups reportedly tried to enter Afrin to support the People’s Protection Units (YPG) against Turkey’s ongoing military operation.
The groups were forced to withdraw after warning shooting by Turkey’s army, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Tuesday.
On Jan 20, Turkey launched Operation Olive Branch to rid Afrin of YPG militias. Ankara sees YPG as Syrian affiliates of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party, a terrorist organisation listed by Turkey, the US and the EU.
Source: NAM News Networkhttps://syrianewsgazette.com/turkey-rejects-dialogue-with-syria-over-afrin-issue/General