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Syria demands withdrawal of Turkish troops to normalize ties

Damascus, Oct 3 (Prensa Latina) Deputy Foreign Minister Bassam al-Sabbagh stated on Tuesday that restoring relations with Türkiye requires the latter to withdraw its military forces from this territory.

Upon keeping its troops in Syria, Ankara is obstructing any effort to normalize our relations, the deputy foreign minister noted in statements quoted by the press in this capital during his participation in the 78th session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York.

Al-Sabbagh added that Damascus is open to negotiations with Ankara, but its forces’ stay on Syrian territory is an illegal occupation and will hinder contacts.

At the moment, there are no contacts or relations with the Turkish Government, the official said.

Regarding Riyadh-Damascus ties, he stressed that Syria is taking steps to resume diplomatic relations with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and hopes to develop brotherly relations with this country.

Al-Sabbagh stressed that the Syrian-Russian relations are excellent and the two countries’ cooperation is at the highest levels and in several fields.


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