"And I have found both freedom and safety in my madness, the freedom of loneliness and the safety from being understood, for those who understand us enslave something in us. But let me not be too proud of my safety. Even a Thief in a jail is safe from another thief. "

Khalil Gibran (How I Became a Madman)

Lübnan Marunîleri / Yasin Atlıoğlu


Friday, January 13, 2023

Assad says Turkiye talks must be based on ending 'occupation' - Middle East Monitor

Syrian President, Bashar Al-Assad, has said talks with foe, Turkiye, should be based on the aims of ending the occupation of Syrian land and halting support for what he called terrorism, an apparent reference to Ankara's Forces in northern Syria and its support for rebels, Reuters reports.

In his first publicly reported remarks on landmark talks overseen by his ally Russia, Assad also said the meetings "should be coordinated between Syria and Russia in advance in order to … produce tangible results sought by Syria".

Assad made the comments, reported by Syrian state media on Thursday, in a meeting with Russian Presidential envoy for Syria, Alexander Lavrentiev, in Damascus.

Turkiye has been a major backer of the political and armed opposition to Assad during the 12-year-long Syrian conflict, and has sent its own troops into swathes of the country's north.