Turkish officials to visit Russia to discuss Syria

Turkish officials to visit Russia to discuss Syria – Ahval

Turkish committee which includes Turkish foreign and defense ministers and the head of Turkish intelligence, are set to visit Russia on Saturday, Dec. 29, in order to discuss the latest developments in neighbouring Syria, ruling Justice and Development Party spokesperson Ömer Çelik said Wednesday.

The officials visiting Moscow, Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu, Defense Minister Hulusi Akar, Presidential Spokesperson İbrahim Kalın and National Intelligence Organization (MIT)’s chief Hakan Fidan, will also pay a visit to Washington soon, pro-government NTV quoted Çelik as saying.

The AKP spokesperson also noted that that U.S. National Security Adviser John Bolton is preparing to visit Turkey in early January.

The visit follows an announcement by Washington last Wednesday that it will be withdrawing all of its troops from Syria, following a conversation between Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and his American counterpart Donald Trump over Turkey’s upcoming third cross-border operation into Syria, targeting the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG), which Ankara designates a terrorist organisation.

Erdoğan on Tuesday that he would have a face-to-face meeting with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin regarding the U.S. withdrawal from Syria.
The U.S. decision to pull out its 2000 troops was welcomed by both Turkey and Russia, who are now expected to play a more important role on the ground in war-torn Syria.

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