Turkey Hints at Normalization of Ties With Syria
Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildırım said that Turkey will normalize its relations with Syria in the future, stressing that it is a necessary move for regional stability and for combating terrorist threats.
Speaking at a meeting of Justice and Development Party (AKP) provincial leaders in the Turkish capital Yıldırım pointed to recent normalization of ties with Israel and Syria late last month as a positive thing.
“We will expand the circle of friendship as far as possible. This is our aim. We will expand the circle of friendship inside and outside the country,” Yıldırımm said, according to Turkey’s state-run Anadolu news.
“We normalized relations with Russia and Israel. I’m sure we will normalize relations with Syria as well. For the fight against terrorism to succeed, stability needs to return to Syria and Iraq.”
“I am sure that we will return to normal relations with Syria as well. We need that. Syria and Iraq need to reach stability for success in the fight against terror,” he reasoned.
The Turkish Prime Minister has also said that Turkey will seek to repair relations with neighbouring Iraq (after Baghdad bitterly condemned Ankara’s deployment of additional troops to a Turkish base in that country’s north) and perhaps even Egypt too, whose regime Ankara has condemned given its origins in a military coup three years ago.