Arab foreign ministers call for withdrawal of "illegal foreign forces" from Syria
The foreign ministers of Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Egypt, Jordan, and Syria called for the withdrawal of all "illegal foreign forces" from Syria and a political solution that ensures national reconciliation, stability, and security. At their meeting, they stressed the importance of protecting Syria's territorial integrity, unity and sovereignty.
After a consultative meeting in Jordan’s capital Amman, the ministers stressed the priority of ending the Syrian crisis through a political solution that preserves Syria’s unity, cohesion and sovereignty.
The issue of Turkish military presence in Syria was not directly addressed during the meeting. However, Turkey has been a key player in the Syrian conflict, with its military involvement beginning in 2016 with Operation Euphrates Shield.
Turkish forces have since established a presence in several areas in northern Syria, where they support local Syrian opposition groups in their fight against both the Syrian government and Kurdish forces.
The presence of Turkish forces in Syria has been a source of tension between Turkey and other regional actors, including Syria and its allies.
Last week, The defense ministers and intelligence chiefs of Iran, Russia, Syria and Turkey held talks that Ankara and Moscow described as constructive, as part of efforts to rebuild ties between Turkey and Syria ties after years of animosity during the Syrian war.
Earlier this month, Gulf Arab foreign ministers and their counterparts from Egypt, Iraq and Jordan discussed Syria’s possible return to the Arab fold at a meeting in Saudi Arabia, part of a recent push for renormalizing ties with Syrian strongman Bashar al-Assad – who has largely managed to squash the popular uprising against his government and recapture most of the country.