Türkiye’s Cavusoglu meets with Syrian opposition leaders in Ankara

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Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said Turkey supports the opposition’s contribution to the political process within the framework of UN Security Council Resolution 2254.

Cavusoglu met with Salem al-Meslet, President of the National Coalition, Badr Jamous, Head of the Negotiations Committee, and Abdulrahman Mustafa, Prime Minister of the Provisional Government. (AA)

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu has hosted Syrian opposition leaders in the capital Ankara for talks.

Cavusoglu met on Wednesday with Salem al-Meslet, chairman of the National Coalition, Badr Jamous, head of the Negotiations Committee, and Abdulrahman Mustafa, prime minister of the interim government.

“We appreciate and support the opposition’s contribution to the political process within the framework of UN Security Council Resolution 2254,” Cavusoglu said on Twitter.

On Tuesday, Cavusoglu stressed that steps must be taken for a lasting peace in Syria, adding that the Syrian Assad regime cannot fail to view the opposition as terrorists.

“From the start, Türkiye said the most important process was the political process,” he said.

Wednesday marked six years since Türkiye launched its first cross-border operation against terrorist groups in northern Syria.

In accordance with Article 51 of the United Nations Charter, Turkey launched Operation Euphrates Shield on August 24, 2016 in Al Bab, across its border in northern Syria, against the terrorist groups, in particular the Daesh terrorist group.

On the first day of the operation, the Jarablus neighborhood was liberated from terrorist groups. Al Bab was cleared of terrorists on February 23, 2017.

With the operation, settlements between the two districts, covering an area of ​​2,055 square kilometers, were cleared of terrorists in 217 days.

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Six years after the launch of the first counter-terrorism operation

Thanks to the projects initiated by Türkiye in the fields of education, health, infrastructure and services, in order to normalize life in the region, the population of these areas has reached almost 2 million.

Turkey has played a key role in the opening of nearly 700 schools which have been renovated or rebuilt, enabling around 300,000 students to attend schools in the region.

Meanwhile, the University of Gaziantep, located in the province of Gaziantep in southeastern Turkey, also carries out higher education activities in the Syrian regions of Jarablus, Al Bab and Azaz.

The Turkish Ministry of Health carries out activities to normalize life in areas cleared of terrorists, to provide necessary health services within the framework of humanitarian and technical assistance and to minimize patient referrals from Syria to Turkey .

In the city of Al Rai, a medical faculty affiliated with the Turkish University of Health Sciences has been established.

A total of 280 mosques have been restored and 253 new mosques have been built in the region as part of the efforts led by the Türkiye General Directorate of Foundations and the Diyanet Foundation.

In order to provide employment and revive the regional economy, industrial zones are also established in the regions liberated during Operation Euphrates Shield.

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Source: AA

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