Russian, Iranian, Turkish Presidents Meet to Discuss Syria, isolate Trump

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The meeting signals a shift towards dialogue between what have previously been opposing camps throughout most of Syria’s war.

The presidents of Russia, Iran and Turkey – Vladimir Putin, Hassan Rouhani and Recep Tayyip Erdogan – have met in Ankara, Turkey to discuss their nations’ respective roles in Syria.

The meeting culminated in the release of a joint statement pledging cooperation on reconstruction aid, and protection of Syria’s sovereignty and territorial integrity against “separatist agendas.”

The presidents “rejected all attempts to create new realities on the ground under the pretext of combating terrorism and expressed their determination to stand against separatist agendas aimed at undermining the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Syria as well as the national security of neighboring countries,” the statement reads.

They also “called upon the international community, particularly the U.N. and its humanitarian agencies, to increase its assistance to Syria by sending additional humanitarian aid, facilitating humanitarian mine action, restoring basic infrastructure assets, including social and economic facilities, and preserving historical heritage.”

In a joint press conference, Rouhani accused the United States of trying to use terrorists to promote its agenda in Syria, and urged the international community to respect the Syrian state.

Putin emphasized that Russia would seek to expand efforts to build peace and promote reconstruction in the war-torn country, and echoed Rouhani’s calls to respect Syria’s sovereignty.

Erdogan struck a different tone, however, and primarily spoke on his administration’s ‘Olive Branch’ operation in northern Syria against Kurdish militia forces, which he says are a threat to Turkey. Turkey has no plans of stopping its operation until “security and stability” are brought to the region, he said.

The meeting signals a shift towards dialogue between what have been opposing camps throughout most of Syria’s war. Russia and Iran have been the most consistent supporters of the Syrian government, while Turkey remains one of its strongest opponents. In spite of this, all three countries are seeking for cooperation to de-escalate the conflict.

Turkey still claims Syrian President Assad has “lost legitimacy,” but it is no longer demanding his departure.

The United States’ future role in Syria is increasingly unclear, with contradictory statements from Washington. President Donald Trump said during a conference on Tuesday that “I want to get out; I want to bring the troops back home, I want to start rebuilding our nation.”

The same day, however, Trump said the decision to stay in Syria may depend on Saudi Arabia: “Saudi Arabia is very interested in our decision … And I said, well, you know, you want us to stay? Maybe you’re going to have to pay.”

Via TeleSur

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  1. This truly demonstrates the loss of USA “hard power” under Trump’s chaotic & destructive “administration.”

    One is amazed at the levels of stagecraft and/or hypocrisy involved in this summit. The 3 presidents “rejected all attempts to create new realities on the ground under the pretext of combating terrorism and expressed their determination to stand against separatist agendas aimed at undermining the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Syria as well as the national security of neighboring countries” — while Erdogan is merrily going along creating a new reality in the northern Kurdish regions under the pretext of combating terrorism — and Erdogan seems to reject his own behavior, while making it clear this behavior will continue ! And the business about “threatening other states,” does or does not the “de facto” kurdistan” and the Iraqi nation it is separating from, feel a bit threatened by Erdogan’s current military operation?

    Is the bit about “separatist agendas aimed at undermining the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Syria as well as the national security of neighboring countries” aimed at Israel? And/or at the Kurds, and America by extension?

    All very curious, many questions I’m far from having an answer for, yet this historian says it looks like clear evidence of a coming period of selfishness (as opposed to community progress) and fragmentation and conflict, as opposed to the tendencies towards understanding and co-operation that we probably need to get through the messes of climate change, dictatorial & authoritarian governments, and income inequalities that we have created.

  2. With Trump leading the U.S.A. its well on its way to becoming a nation which doesn’t really count on the world stage. OMG, what will Trump think when no one throws him a big parade when he arrives in their country.

    the U.S.A. will eventually become what it was prior to WW II/ the average person not very well off. workers maringalized, etc.

    If this continues the day may come the U.N. moves out of N.Y. We do have a great place in Canada, Churchill, Manitoba. Cold, lots of polar bears, no nightclubs, galleries, operas, etc. All there is to do is work. If they don’t like that, perhaps Greenland

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