Assad rejects Russia attempt to arrange meeting with Erdogan, sources say

Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad in Damascus, Syria on 11 February 2016 [JOSEPH EID/AFP/Getty Images]

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has rejected efforts by his Russian allies to arrange a meeting with his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan, refusing to give him leverage in next year's upcoming elections in Turkiye. According to an anonymous source with knowledge of the Syrian regime's thinking, cited by the Reuters news agency, Assad fears that accepting a meeting with Erdogan would only hand the Turkish leader another achievement in time for the country's elections in June next year. "Why hand Erdogan a victory for free? No rapprochement will happen before the elections" is reportedly the Syrian president's line of thinking, as his counterpart could potentially use the meeting as a way to console the Turkish population which is growing increasingly […] Source

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