Hürriyet: ‘Behind the scenes diplomacy’ for Erdogan-Assad meeting begins soon
ANKARA, 29 November – RIA Novosti. A meeting could happen soon between Presidents of Turkey and Syria Tayyip Erdogan and Bashar Assad, with ‘behind-the-scenes diplomacy’ being carried out to organize it, government circles of Abdulkadir Selvi, a columnist for the Turkish newspaper Hürriyet, said on Tuesday.
Turkish Presidency Spokesperson İbrahim Kalın said in October that Russia offered to mediate between Erdogan and Assad. Erdogan said in mid-November that Ankara would consider this proposal when the time came, because “there is no crime” in politics. Later, Selvi said that the meeting between Erdogan and Assad could take place in Russia with the mediation of Russian leader Vladimir Putin.
“President Erdogan has said several times that he can meet with Assad. There is diplomacy behind the scenes to bring the two leaders together. I think this meeting will take place in a short time. Erdogan said, “In the future, it may happen in Syria as well as in Egypt. Selvi keeps the door of dialogue open by saying “There is no hatred in politics”.
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