Turkish FM complains that everyone opposes Turkey's military action against Kurds in Syria
Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu commented on the rumors about a possible meeting between Turkish and Syrian presidents in Uzbekistan and said the rumors were baseless.
Iranian news agency Tasnim News had claimed on Sunday that Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Syrian President Bashar al-Assad "may meet" during Shanghai Cooperation Organization's (SCO) meeting in Uzbekistan in September.
On Tuesday, Cavusoglu said on TV : "It is not true, and Assad is not invited to SCO's meeting anyway."
Cavusoglu also complained that all countries, including rivals, opposed Turkey's military action in Northern Syria.
"It's so interesting," he said. "Countries who are absolute opposites, who are hostile against one another, they all oppose our operation targeting PKK/YPG [Kurdistan Workers' Party and People's Defense Units]. Iran opposes it, and so does the United States and Israel. The Syrian regime opposes it. Russia opposes it as well. As you know, some countries who provide support for PKK/YPG constantly say they are against it."
Cavusoglu claimed that Turkey's operations against the Kurdish militia was an important contribution to Syrian sovereignty.
Turkey occupied a total area of over 8,800 square kilometers in Northern Syria since 2016, including over 1000 settlements, in military operations allegedly targeting "terror groups."