ANKARA / DAMASCUS — In an interview with NTY, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu explained that negotiations between Turkey and the Syrian regime previously took place, during which security and counter-terrorism issues were discussed.
Çavuşoğlu denied that the contacts constituted direct political negotiations. He pointed out that negotiations with Syria are taking place at the operational level between private and intelligence agencies.
Çavuşoğlu’s comments come as news spread about an upcoming meeting between Turkish intelligence chief Hakan Fidan and his counterpart in the Syrian regime Ali Mamlouk in Baghdad.
The Syrian regime’s Foreign Ministry denied any negotiations or contacts with Turkey on security or counter-terrorism issues.
“The regime in Ankara is the main supporter of terrorism, which poses a threat to peace and stability in the region and the world and violates international legitimacy resolutions on the fight against terrorism,” said a spokesperson for the Syrian Foreign Ministry.