Turkish MHP chief backs Ankara’s call for ‘reconciliation’ with Syria

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The leader of the Turkish Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) backed Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu’s recent statement, which outlined his country’s plan to mend relations with neighboring Syria.

“Turkey’s steps towards Syria are precious and precise. No one living in this country, regardless of origin or sect, is [an outsider] or the enemy of our country,” Devlet Bahceli said in a written statement released on Monday.

He stressed that Syrians are brothers of the Turkish people, with strong ties based on history, culture and faith.

Raising the level of Turkey’s talks with Syria to the level of “political dialogue, and in this context, the elimination of terrorist organizations from all geographical areas where they are embedded, is likely to be one of the issues to be addressed. political agenda ahead, and it even deserves serious consideration,” Bahceli said.

“It is our sincere desire and hope that the atmosphere of normalization will prevail in every region and with every neighbor by 2023. What the vast geography we live on tells us is to live by embracing, and not by fighting, is the only option. The only political will to achieve this is the People’s Alliance,” said the veteran Turkish politician.

Addressing the 13th Conference of Ambassadors in the capital Ankara on August 11, Cavusoglu said he had a brief conversation with his Syrian counterpart Faisal al-Mekdad on the sidelines of the two-day summit of the Non-Aligned Movement ( NAM) in the Serbian capital. of Belgrade last October.

Turkey’s top diplomat stressed the need for reconciliation between opposition groups and the government in Damascus, saying there will be no lasting peace in the war-torn country until such an ideal will not be reached.

“There must be a powerful government in place to prevent the partition of Syria, and there must be an administration that can control all the territories of the country. This can only be achieved through unity,” Cavusoglu said.

The remarks came a week after Turkey’s foreign minister said Ankara was ready to help the Syrian government in its efforts to root out members of the state-backed Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) militant group. States of the energy-rich areas of northeast Syria.

Cavusoglu told the Turkish-language TV1000 news channel that his country was ready to cooperate with Damascus in such a campaign.

“We will bring all kinds of political support to the work of the [Syrian] scheme in this regard. It is the most natural right of the regime to eliminate a terrorist organization on its own territory,” the senior Turkish diplomat said.

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

Turkish newspaper Hurriyet, citing informed sources, claimed on April 4 that talks were taking place in the Turkish capital of Ankara on restoring normal relations.

“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 time opportune to resolve the Syrian crisis,” the Turkish daily said.

Citing the sources, the newspaper said that the already existing relations between Damascus and Ankara can be improved 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 Kurdistan Workers’ Union. Party (PKK).

Turkey has deployed 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 drive YPG fighters away from border areas.

Ankara views the YPG as a terrorist organization linked to the local PKK, which has sought an autonomous Kurdish region in Turkey since 1984.

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and other senior officials have said Damascus will respond with all legitimate means available to Turkey’s ongoing ground offensive.

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