An ally of the Turkish president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, leader of the Nationalist Movement Party, Devlet Bahcetli, considered that the meeting with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi in Qatar was “correct” and that the way should be opened to meet the head of the Syrian regime, Bashar al-Assad.
Erdogan had shook hands with Sisi, two days ago, on the sidelines of the opening of the World Cup in Doha, in the first meeting between the two leaders, in many years.
A picture published on the official website of the Turkish presidency showed the two presidents, whose relationship has been cool since Sisi assumed the presidency in Egypt, shaking hands with the Emir of Qatar, Tamim bin Hamad, next to them.
Bahashtli said in statements published by media close to the government on Tuesday: “The contact that our president established with Egyptian President Sisi in Qatar is correct, and in our opinion it should be restored.”
He added, after all, “Not only that, but a meeting must be opened with the President of the Syrian Arab Republic, Bashar al-Assad, and a joint will be formed against terrorist organizations.”
And “It is known that Turkey has strong historical relations with Egypt, Syria and Iraq,” according to Bahcetli, who continued: “Our country’s constructive, positive, developing and honest dialogues with its neighbors are in line with the goals of 2023.”
“There is no eternal disagreement in politics”
Since last August, official statements in Turkey regarding the country’s relationship with the Syrian regime have not ceased.
While the statements first hinted at a “new path”, it subsided for a period of time, with an emphasis on continuing intelligence communication, so Erdogan’s words came on Thursday, and what might happen was postponed until after the elections scheduled for June 2023.
Erdogan said last week, in response to a question about the possibility of Assad and Turkey’s relations with Syria and Egypt: “There is no resentment or eternal disagreement in politics.”
“We can do it again, especially after the June elections,” he added. “Based on that, I hope we can continue on our way.”
On the other hand, the Syrian regime did not show during the recent period any positive gesture towards the new Turkish position towards it, and on the contrary, its officials, led by Faisal al-Miqdad, sought to exclude any close political contact.
The Turkish position since August was mainly echoed by the presidential spokesman, Ibrahim Kalin, and Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu, and Erdogan joined them three times.
On the other hand, the Syrian regime committed itself to responding to what Turkish officials were saying in two contexts. The first was among the “offensive” reports published by semi-official media outlets, such as Al-Watan newspaper, in addition to what was announced by its Foreign Minister Al-Miqdad at separate times.
The statements of Erdogan’s ally Dolat Bahcetli come in conjunction with Turkey’s launch of an air operation in northern Syria and Iraq, targeting, according to the official version, the locations of the “PKK”, which is accused of being behind the bombing of Istiklal Street in Istanbul.
On July 23, the Turkish presidential spokesman, Ibrahim Kalin, said that contacts with the Syrian regime are taking place at the level of the intelligence services, stressing that there are no plans for political contact with Damascus now.
One day later, Faisal Al-Miqdad, in remarks on the sidelines of the 77th session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York City, ruled out hypotheses of rapprochement between Ankara and Damascus, after previous positions that prepared the atmosphere for the restoration of negotiations on restoring relations.
The Minister of Foreign Affairs in the government of the Syrian regime confirmed that there are no contacts between the two countries at the level of the foreign ministries.
And before that, he had spoken from the capital, Moscow, in September that “Damascus has entitlements, not conditions,” calling on Turkey to withdraw from northern Syria, and that “not even a millimeter remains on the territory.”
And the leader of the “nationalist movement” has previously revealed that his party supports Turkish foreign policy towards Syria, according to what Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu announced last August.
Bahceli described Cavusoglu’s talk, “about striving to establish peace between the regime and the opposition in Syria,” as “constructive and realistic, and a strong spirit in striving for lasting peace, and no one should be disturbed by it.”
He stressed that “Turkey’s raising the level of political dialogue with Syria (the regime), and within this framework joint cooperation in order to combat terrorism everywhere, deserves to be among the main agenda in the coming days, and it deserves to be dealt with seriously.”
He continued, “We sincerely hope and hope that normalization will dominate our relations with neighboring countries by 2023, as the vast geography on which we live says that the only option for living in it is embracing, not fighting.”
In the framework of its preparations for the upcoming elections, the Turkish government and the ruling party (Justice and Development) had long ago adopted a policy closer to “zeroing problems”, as Erdogan restored his country’s tense relations with countries such as the UAE, Saudi Arabia and Israel, and is trying to proceed in the same context with regard to Egypt at the same time. Present.