During his visit to Los Angeles, Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu spoke about Turkey-U.S. relations, FETO and the Syrian crisis.
During the Presidential Summit held in Sochi on November 22, 2017, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan underlined two conditions for the success of the initiative: a clear and strong link with the UN-mediated Geneva process, and the participation of the genuine members of the opposition with a clear rejection of anyone affiliated with terrorist organizations, including PYD/YPG.
Due to factors such as the presence of DAESH, in-fighting, supply and foreign support shortages, the Syrian rebels are losing ground in Idlib.
While Putin’s announcement of withdrawal from Syria was to convey the message that Russia had won the war and is withdrawing most of its military personnel, the country is scheduled to hold presidential elections in 2018 and Putin, naturally, wants his “victories” to serve him in the election.
So, who are the winners and losers of the civil war, which is in its seventh year, and which parties are preparing to end through the Geneva process?
“Post-Daesh, post-Assad Syria should be a cause for celebration for the Syrian people and millions of refugees rather than another adventure in costly geo-political muscling.”
During the eighth round of Syrian peace talks in Geneva, UN special envoy Staffan de Mistura announced that the Russians have proposed and the Assad regime has accepted a cease-fire in Eastern Ghouta.
In a written statement, Pentagon spokesman Colonel Rob Manning claimed that equipment provided to the PKK/PYD by the US will be regained after “specific threats have been defeated.”
President Erdogan warned that Turkey cannot share a platform with any terrorist organization which poses a threat to its national security, referring especially to YPG, which is the Syrian affiliate of the PKK terrorist organization.
Opposition groups fighting against Bashar al Assad and allies in Syria agreed on Friday to send a united delegation to next week’s UN-brokered peace talks in Geneva.