Caspian International News Agency– Exactly one day after Hossein Jaberi Ansari, Iran’s Deputy for Arab-African affairs, travels to Antalya and has a four-hour meeting with his Turkish counterpart, some Turkish media have announced the initiation of talks between Turkey and Syria with Iran’s mediation.
Yesterday, Asharq Al-Awsat daily, citing some sources in Ankara and Tehran, claimed that secret talks between Syrian and Turkish officials is being conducted to reconcile Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and Bashar al-Assad, and this has happened after the changes in Ankara’s policies about Damascus.
This newspaper also wrote, “İsmail Hakkı, one of the prominent Turkish diplomats, directs these talks. He is a retired general who is responsible for the Adana Agreement between Ankara and Syria in 1998. This general is the ex-deputy director of Turkish Intelligence Organization.
Asharq Al-Awsa added, “Hakki has traveled to Damascus and last May in Algeria, some other meetings were conducted by another general.
This Syrian newspaper claimed, “Hakki has met with some Syrian officials in Damascus, namely Abdullah al-Ahmar, the second person of the Ba’ath Party, Ali Mamlouk, the Director of the National Security Bureau, Walid Muallem, Syria’s foreign minister, and his deputy Faisal Mekdad.
(Translating by Negar Lotfi)