Top Turkish delegation due in Russia to discuss Syria

Top Turkish delegation due in Russia to discuss Syria

A high-level Turkish delegation including the foreign and defense ministers is to pay a visit to Russia this weekend to discuss recent developments in Syria, according to the country’s ruling party spokesman on Wednesday.

The delegation, including Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu, presidential aide Ibrahim Kalin, National Defense Minister Hulusi Akar, and intelligence chief Hakan Fidan, will be in Moscow on Saturday, Justice and Development (AK) Party spokesman Omer Celik said at a press conference in the capital Ankara.

The visit comes in the wake of last week’s surprise announcement from U.S President Donald Trump that Washington will withdraw all its troops from Syria.

Celik said a plan would be made after Saturday’s talks to hold a meeting between Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin.

Following the U.S. announcement, intense diplomatic efforts will continue with Iran and Russia in the days to come, he said.

Turkey will share its new perspective on counter-terrorist efforts that it will apply in the region during the withdrawal and post-withdrawal process, Celik added.

“This work will continue in a highly planned and systematic manner within the framework of coordination.”