U.S. backed Kurds seek to normalize relations with Damascus

Kurdish-led groups who were part of the U.S.-led coalition against the Islamic State and control swathes of northern Syria have revived contacts with the regime in Damascus in the wake of U.S. President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw troops from the war-torn-country. These groups are keen to stave off any Turkish attack, after Turkish Foreign … Read more

Russia-Turkey trying to work out details vis-à-vis Idlib deal

Russia and Turkey informed the United Nations that they were still trying to work out details vis-à-vis their plan to avert a major battle in the country’s northwestern Idlib province. Following a meeting of the U.N. Syria humanitarian taskforce in Geneva, the world body’s humanitarian adviser asserted that the agreement proves that amid human-made catastrophe, … Read more

Turkey expects Saudi Arabia to resolve the Qatar crisis

Turkey's Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu speaks to the media during a visit in the Turkish Cypriot northern part of the divided city of Nicosia, June 1, 2017. REUTERS/Yiannis Kourtoglou - RTX38JN8

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu announced that Turkey expects Saudi Arabia’s King Salman to lead an effort to resolve the Qatar crisis, adding that imposing sanctions and embargoes would not help remedy the situation. Speaking at a joint press conference in Ankara with his Tunisian counterpart, Cavusoglu said Turkey maintained its impartiality in the regional … Read more

Turkey calls President Assad to return to the negotiating table

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu called for Syrian President Bashar Assad to return to direct negotiations with opposition forces in his war-torn country. Speaking at a news conference at an emergency meeting of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation in Saudi Arabia, Cavusoglu also called for an immediate “nationwide” ceasefire and the withdrawal of all foreign … Read more

Hamas raises concerns regarding Israel-Turkey imminent-accord

Reports on an imminent deal concerning normalizing relations between Israel and Turkey have raised concerns within the Islamist Hamas organization, which controls the Gaza Strip, that Ankara has compromised on its demand to lift the blockade Israel imposes on the Palestinian enclave. Turkey has demanded from Israel to apologize for an incident in 2009 in … Read more