Erdogan does not rule out a dialogue with Assad
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said yesterday that a meeting with his Syrian counterpart Bashar al-Assad was possible after diplomatic ties with Damascus were severed after the conflict erupted 11 years ago.
When asked by a reporter in parliament if he could meet the Syrian President, Erdogan said: “It is possible. There is no place for resentment in politics. In the end, steps are taken under the best of circumstances. Although there was no contact between Erdogan and Assad, the heads of the two countries’ intelligence agencies maintained contact between them.
Erdogan surprised many when he first briefly met his Egyptian counterpart, Abdel Fattah El-Sisi, in Qatar on Sunday.
An image circulated by the Turkish Council Presidency showed the two heads of state shaking hands.
Relations between Erdogan and Sisi have been strained since 2013.
When asked if he would hold a second meeting with Sisi, Erdogan did not give a date.
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