A meeting of the deputy foreign ministers of Russia, Türkiye, Iran, and Syria, scheduled for this week, has been postponed to an unspecified date, a source from the Turkish foreign ministry said on Thursday.
Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said last week that the deputy foreign ministers of the four countries would meet this week in Moscow, ahead of planned talks between foreign ministers at a later date, aimed at resolving the crisis in Syria.
The meeting was postponed
The deputy foreign ministers’ meeting had been scheduled for March 15-16. Reuters reported that the meeting was postponed for “technical reasons”, referring to a Turkish foreign ministry source said, without elaborating.
In a sign of potential rapprochement between Ankara and Damascus, Syrian and Turkish defense ministers held landmark talks in Moscow in December, alongside their Russian counterparts, marking the highest-level encounter since the start of the Syrian war more than a decade ago.
Normalization process between Ankara and Damascus
In January, Cavusoglu said he could meet his Syrian counterpart in February to discuss normalization between the two neighbors.
Moscow is Assad’s main ally and Russia encouraged reconciliation with Ankara.
After meeting his Iranian counterpart Hossein Amirabdollahian last week, Cavusoglu said Iran wanted to join the talks between Türkiye, Syria, and Russia, and Türkiye agreed.
In a rare visit abroad, Assad met with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow on Wednesday.
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