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An ally of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, leader of the Nationalist Movement Party, Devlet Bahcetli, was of the opinion that the meeting with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi in Qatar was “correct” and that the way should be opened to meet the chief. of the Syrian regime, Bashar al-Assad.

Erdogan 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 photo published on the Turkish presidency’s official website 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 .

In statements published by media close to the government on Tuesday, Bahashtli said: “The contact that our president established with Egyptian President Sisi in Qatar is correct, and in our opinion it should be restored.”

After all, he added, “Not only that, but a meeting should be opened with the president of the Syrian Arab Republic, Bashar al-Assad, and a joint will be formed against terrorist organizations.”

And “Turkey is known to have strong historical relations with Egypt, Syria and Iraq,” according to Bahcetli, who continued: “Our country’s constructive, positive, developing and honest talks with its neighbors are in line with the 2023 goals. “

“There is no eternal disagreement in politics”

Since last August, official statements in Turkey about the country’s relationship with the Syrian regime have not stopped.

While the statements first hinted at a “new path”, it has quieted down for a period, emphasizing continued intelligence communications, so Erdogan’s words came on Thursday, and what could happen was postponed until after the election which is scheduled for June 2023.

Responding to a question last week about the possibility of Assad and Turkey’s relations with Syria and Egypt, Erdogan said: “There is no grudge or eternal discord in politics.”

“We can do it again, especially after the June election,” he added. “Based on that, I hope we can continue on our path.”

On the other hand, during the recent period, the Syrian regime did not show any positive gesture towards the new Turkish position towards it, and on the contrary, its officials, led by Faisal al-Miqdad, tried to exclude any close political contact.

The Turkish position since August has been mainly echoed by presidential spokesman Ibrahim Kalin and foreign minister Mevlut Cavusoglu, with Erdogan joining them three times.

On the other hand, the Syrian regime committed itself to responding to what Turkish officials say in two contexts: The first was in “offensive” reports published by semi-official media, such as the newspaper Al-Watan, in addition to what was announced at separate times by his Minister of Foreign Affairs, Al-Miqdad.

The statements by Erdogan’s ally Dolat Bahcetli coincide with Turkey’s start of an air operation in northern Syria and Iraq, which according to the official version is targeting the locations of the “PKK”, which is accused of being behind the bombing of Istiklal Street was. in Istanbul.

On July 23, 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 comments on the sidelines of the 77th session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York, ruled out hypotheses of rapprochement between Ankara and Damascus, following previous positions that prepared the atmosphere for the restoration of negotiations on the restoration of 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 ministries of foreign affairs.

And before that, he spoke from the capital, Moscow, in September that “Damascus has rights, not conditions,” and called on Turkey to withdraw from northern Syria, and that “not even a millimeter on the area does not remain.”

And the leader of the “nationalist movement” previously revealed that his party supports Turkey’s foreign policy towards Syria, according to what Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu announced last August.

Bahceli described Cavusoglu’s speech, “on the pursuit of peace between the regime and the opposition in Syria,” as “constructive and realistic, and a strong spirit in the pursuit of lasting peace, and no one should be disturbed by it .”

He emphasized that “Turkey’s raising the level of political dialogue with Syria (the regime), and within this framework joint cooperation to combat terrorism everywhere, deserves to be under 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 the year 2023, as the vast geography in which we live says that the only option for life in it is embrace, not fight.”

In the framework of his preparations for the upcoming elections, the Turkish government and the ruling party (Justice and Development) long ago adopted a policy that was closer to “zero problems” as Erdogan his country’s strained relations with countries such as the UAE recovered. Saudi Arabia and Israel, and at the same time trying to continue in the same context regarding Egypt.

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