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Türkiye says 4-way meeting in Moscow discussed strengthening security in Syria

Türkiye, Russia, Iran, Syria meeting on Syria discussed concrete steps to be taken to normalize Türkiye-Syria ties, says National Defense Ministry

Sarp Ozer  | 25.04.2023 - Update : 25.04.2023
Türkiye says 4-way meeting in Moscow discussed strengthening security in Syria


The quadrilateral meeting in Moscow between Türkiye, Russia, Iran, and the Syrian regime discussed strengthening security in Syria, the Turkish National Defense Ministry said on Tuesday.

The meeting on Syria addressed the concrete steps that can be taken to normalize the Türkiye-Syria relations, the ministry said in a statement.

The statement came after Turkish National Defense Minister Hulusi Akar and National Intelligence Organization (MIT) head Hakan Fidan attended a meeting with his counterparts in Russia's capital.

“Quadrilateral meeting on Syria discussed fight against terrorist organizations and all extremist groups on Syrian territory,” it added.

Turkish, Russian, Iranian, and Syrian defense and intelligence chiefs also discussed stepping up efforts to return Syrian refugees to their country, the ministry said.

The parties also reiterated their respect for the Syria's territorial integrity.

“As a result of the meeting, which was held in a constructive atmosphere, the importance of the continuation of the meetings in the quadrilateral format was emphasized to ensure and maintain stability in Syria and the region as a whole,” the statement read.

Last December, defense ministers and intelligence chiefs of Türkiye, Russia, and the Syrian regime met in Moscow and agreed to continue tripartite meetings to ensure stability in Syria and the wider region.

Iran was also included in the talks, with Türkiye previously saying that Ankara would be "pleased if Iran is involved in this process."

Earlier this month, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu signaled that a meeting between the foreign ministers of Türkiye, Russia, Iran, and the Syrian regime is likely to be held in early May in Moscow.

Although no date or location has yet been announced, the foreign ministers' meeting would continue restarting high-level talks between Türkiye and its neighbor Syria since the civil war in the country began in 2011.

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