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Protests rock northern Syria after Turkiye FM comments on possible reconciliation with Assad regime – Middle East Monitor

Protests have spread across northern Syria in the past few days after Turkiye’s foreign minister hinted at a possible reconciliation with Syria’s regime of Bashar al-Assad.

At a press conference on Thursday, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevrut Cavushoglu said he had met with Syrian Foreign Minister Faisal Meqdad at a conference in Serbia last October and that Turkish and Syrian intelligence services had communicated with each other. .

Following these statements, as well as the pro-government Turkish media report Protesters took to the streets of cities and towns in northern Syria, including key Turkish-controlled areas such as Azaz, Jarabuls and Al-Bab, as President Recep Tayyip Erdogan resumed contact with Syrian President Assad and was able to hold talks. to protest the possibility of reconciliation. .

As protests erupted and spread on Thursday and Friday, footage of the event, including controversial scenes such as the burning of a Turkish flag in Azaz, circulated on social media.

The clip is a further It ignited the tension.

But after the incident, elements of the Turkish-backed Syrian opposition condemned the act, and Sultan Murad’s division reportedly arrested the individuals involved in the burning. The group reportedly claimed that the arrested man was a member of the Kurdish group Democratic Alliance Party (PYD) and had ties to the Kurdish Workers’ Party (PKK) terrorist group.

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About 15 civil society groups in the north released statements of condemnation over Cavusoglu’s remarks, while the Turkish-backed Syrian National Army (SNA) faction called the rapprochement with Assad a “betrayal” and “wrote the region into chaos.” It leads to “handing over to destruction”.

Meanwhile, the official political Syrian opposition has praised Turkiye for its role in helping Turkey. Syrian Revolution For the last 10 years. Since the Assad regime brutally crushed peaceful protests across Syria in 2011, Ankara has cut ties with Damascus and stuck to it.

In recent months, however, reconciliation between them has emerged, especially due to Turkiye’s pressing need to find a solution to the millions of Syrian refugees within its borders and the need to keep Kurdish militias out of Turkey. There have been reports of a possible .Syrian Borderlands. For both of these objectives, especially the latter, Erdogan and his government reportedly hope the Assad regime can cooperate and support Turkey’s national interests.

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