Syria denies contact with Turkey on rebuilding ties, calls reports ‘fabricated’

Syria has strongly denied any contact with Ankara contrary to claims by some Turkish officials, saying there can be no cooperation in the fight against terrorism with a country that aids and abets terrorism.

In a statement released on Friday, an unnamed official from the Syrian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates called information about contacts between Damascus and Ankara “fabricated”.

“The fabricated news about Turkey’s high-level contacts with the Syrian government, both politically and security-wise, comes as Turkish military forces and their terrorist allies continue their brutal attacks on ordinary people in northern Syria. Syria,” the statement said. said the official.

The official hastened to add that the last of these lies about the possibility of cooperation with Syria in the fight against terrorism was made by Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu.

“The allegation confirms that Ankara is completely detached from reality, and the scourge of lies and hypocrisy has hit not only Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan but also all members of his administration,” he noted. .

The official stressed in categorical terms that Syria cannot cooperate in the fight against terrorism with a country “that sponsors, trains and spreads terrorism in the region and across the world”.

Earlier this month, Turkish media reported that Ankara was assessing the possibility of starting talks with the Syrian government and that talks were underway to forge new relations between the two neighbours.

Turkey Hurriyet The newspaper, citing informed sources, said on April 4 that talks were taking place in the Turkish capital of Ankara on restoring diplomatic relations between the two sides.

“Turkey’s recently adopted balanced policy and the role Ankara has played in recent months, especially in resolving the war in Ukraine, have made the current time appropriate to resolve the Syrian crisis,” the Turkish daily said. .

Citing sources, the newspaper said that relations between Damascus and Ankara can improve and that the current situation could open a new door of opportunities for Turkey, in particular to solve the Syrian question and the question of the militants of the Party of Kurdistan Workers (PKK).

Hurriyet said that Ankara insisted on three issues, namely maintaining the unified structure and territorial integrity of Syria, ensuring the safety of refugees returning to their country, and the activities of the PKK.

Turkey has deployed its forces in Syria in violation of the sovereignty and territorial integrity of the Arab country.

Ankara-backed militants were deployed to northeast Syria in October 2019 after Turkish military forces launched a long-threatened cross-border invasion in a declared attempt to push back fighters from the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (Kurdish People’s Protection Units). YPG) away from border areas.

Ankara views the US-backed YPG as a terrorist organization linked to the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), which has sought to create an autonomous Kurdish region in Turkey since 1984.

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and other senior Syrian officials have said that Damascus will respond with all legitimate means at its disposal to the ongoing ground offensive by Turkish forces in the north of the Arab country.

Sharon P. Juarez