Erdogan turns to Assad to counter Kurdish forces

After years of mutual accusations on the Syrian conflict

25 November, 12:53

    (ANSAmed) - BEIRUT, 25 NOV - Syrian media today highlighted the new overtures made by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, directed to Syrian leader, Bashar al Assad, after years of reciprocal accusations in the backdrop of the on-going internal and regional conflict in Syria, in which Turkey is fully involved.

    Syrian and Kurdish-Syrian media, mention the declarations made over the last few hours attributed to Erdogan by the press in Ankara. "A meeting with Assad is possible. Resentment and bitterness hold no have place in politics", stated Erdogan.

    "Sooner or later some steps ahead will be made".

    These overtures come at the same time with the Turkish air and artillery offensive in the north and north-east of Syria aimed at Kurdish forces outposts that are part of the coalition led by the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), that Turkey blames for the attack in Istanbul on 13 November.

    Both the PKK and the Syrian Kurdish forces have denied any responsibility for the attack on Istiklal street and instead accused Ankara of being behind the violent act, in order to justify its new offensive against Kurdish forces in Syria.

    Despite Syrian government forces having been repeatedly targeted by Turkish air and artillery raids, until now the government in Damascus has not responded with concrete measures to the attacks on Syrian soil.

    Since the Adana accords in 1998, the Syrian and Turkish governments share the strategic object of containing the influence and presence of Kurdish armed groups along the Syrian-Turkish border. (ANSAmed).

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