Turkey and Syria move towards diplomatic reconciliation with talks in Baghdad

BAGHDAD — Following the decades long diplomatic rift between Syria and Turkey caused by the civil war in the former, the two countries appear poised to open a new chapter in their relations. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has expressed his willingness to meet with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

According to informed Syrian sources, representatives from both countries will soon engage in dialogue in Baghdad to negotiate border issues. These discussions are expected to be lengthy but are anticipated to lead to significant political understandings.

The sources confirmed that Turkey has requested Russia and Iraq to facilitate these dialogues with the Syrian regime, without the presence of a third party and away from media scrutiny. The goal is to discuss all necessary details to restore bilateral relations to their pre-crisis state.

This negotiation initiative is receiving substantial support from Arab nations, particularly Saudi Arabia and the UAE, as well as from Russia and China. These countries believe the current conditions are conducive to successful negotiations.