And continues to meet with them. It only makes sense that there is communication.
President Bashar al-Assad has revealed that a Syrian delegation met with the head of Turkish intelligence, Hakan Fidan, in the Iranian capital Tehran, and held another meeting at the Kassab border crossing, and expressed his readiness to meet Erdogan.
Assad added that, “the Turkish officers are more understanding about what is happening in our country than Turkish politicians. There are major differences regarding Syria in Erdogan’s government.”
This came during statements Assad made to a Turkish journalist, Mehmet Yuva, from the Aydinlik newspaper, saying: “We are open to cooperating with Turkey … and if it is in Syria’s interests and does not encroach on its sovereignty, we can meet Erdogan.”
Assad held a closed meeting with representatives of official and private media on May 8, 2019, responding to journalists’ questions about all local and regional issues.
For his article, Yuva used the headline: “Paranoia… will a meeting be held between Assad and Erdogan?” He wrote that Assad said that “Turkey is an important country in the region and the Syrian government is ready to cooperate with them.”
In discussing the meeting between the two countries, Assad stressed that, “we are not just negotiating with Turkey through Russia and Iran. Turkish and Syrian officers have discussed a number of points.”It's been suggested here on many an occasion that Syria negotiates with Turkey through Russia. And vice versa.
Assad revealed that, “The most important of these negotiations were at the Kassab border crossing between the Turkish province of Hatay and the Syrian province of Latakia.”
Assad and delegation were in Tehran Feb. 25/2019 "Rare trip abroad"
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad met Iranian officials in his first visit to the Islamic Republic since the start of the Syrian conflict, Syrian state media reported.
Assad met Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and President Hassan Rouhani on his first trip to Iran since the war erupted nearly eight years ago. Assad has only ventured outside his war-ravaged nation twice since the conflict began, both times to Russia.
Turkish Defence Minister Hulusi Akar and his Russian counterpart Sergei Shoigu spoke on Monday about reducing tensions in northern Syria's Idlib, the last major rebel enclave in the country.
"MoD Akar discussed over the phone with his Russian counterpart Shoigu regional security issues, especially the latest developments in Syria’s Idlib province and measures to be taken to reduce the tension in the area, within the scope of the Sochi agreement," the Turkish Ministry of Defence said in a tweet on Monday.
MoD Akar discussed over the phone with his Russian counterpart Shoigu regional security issues, especially the latest developments in Syria’s Idlib province and measures to be taken to reduce the tension in the area, within the scope of the Sochi agreement. pic.twitter.com/ngI9H8T7p2
— T.C. Millî Savunma Bakanligi (@tcsavunma) 20 Mayis 2019