Iran Supports Rapprochement Between Türkiye, Syria

 Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu and his Iranian counterpart Hossein Amir-Abdollahian at the end of their joint press conference in Ankara on January 17, 2023. (AFP)
Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu and his Iranian counterpart Hossein Amir-Abdollahian at the end of their joint press conference in Ankara on January 17, 2023. (AFP)
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Iran Supports Rapprochement Between Türkiye, Syria

 Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu and his Iranian counterpart Hossein Amir-Abdollahian at the end of their joint press conference in Ankara on January 17, 2023. (AFP)
Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu and his Iranian counterpart Hossein Amir-Abdollahian at the end of their joint press conference in Ankara on January 17, 2023. (AFP)

Iran said Wednesday it supports a rapprochement between Türkiye and Syria and the return of relations to their normal status.

This came as Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu announced that the deputy foreign ministers of Russia, Türkiye, Syria and Iran are meeting in Moscow next week as part of the normalization process between Ankara and Damascus.

During a joint press conference held with his Iranian counterpart Hossein Amir-Abdollahian in Ankara, Cavusoglu revealed Russian proposal to hold a meeting between the four countries at the technical level in preparation for a possible meeting between their foreign ministers.

“The Iranian side will also attend this meeting,” he added.

Cavusoglu said a meeting by the defense ministers and intelligence chiefs of Türkiye, Syria and Russia was held in Moscow on Dec. 28, 2022, where Turkish and Syrian officials talked for the first time as part of the efforts to ease the tension and restore the relations between the two countries.

The Turkish FM stated that during the previous visit of Amir Abdollahian to Türkiye last January, Ankara agreed with the Iranian side on Iran's participation in the meetings, within the framework of the Astana talks.

“Astana is the only surviving format (to address) Syria anyway,” Cavusoglu said.

The Turkish FM then affirmed that Türkiye and Russia have no problem if Iran is involved in this process and if the meetings are held in a four-way format instead of three.

“Now we are planning for a meeting between the four foreign ministers,” he said.

Abdollahian, for his part, said Iran is ready to play a role to resolve the different points of view between Türkiye and Syria under regional cooperation.

“Iran supports the return of relations between Ankara and Damascus to their normal status,” Amir Abdollahian said.



Germany Arrests Iraqi Man Accused of ISIS Links

FILED - 15 April 2023, Saxony, Dresden: The police cordoned off the scene of the incident with tape. Photo: Sebastian Kahnert/dpa
FILED - 15 April 2023, Saxony, Dresden: The police cordoned off the scene of the incident with tape. Photo: Sebastian Kahnert/dpa
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Germany Arrests Iraqi Man Accused of ISIS Links

FILED - 15 April 2023, Saxony, Dresden: The police cordoned off the scene of the incident with tape. Photo: Sebastian Kahnert/dpa
FILED - 15 April 2023, Saxony, Dresden: The police cordoned off the scene of the incident with tape. Photo: Sebastian Kahnert/dpa

An Iraqi man who is accused of standing by to carry out attacks for ISIS after he arrived in Germany in 2022 has been arrested, prosecutors said Thursday.

The suspect, identified only as Mahmoud A. in line with German privacy rules, was arrested on Wednesday in Esslingen, near Stuttgart in southwestern Germany, federal prosecutors said in a statement. A judge ordered him to be kept in custody on suspicion of membership in a foreign terrorist organization pending a possible indictment.

He is accused of joining ISIS in Iraq in or before May 2016 and fighting for the extremist group.
Prosecutors said that Mahmoud A. arrived in Germany in October 2022 and stood by to carry out attacks on behalf of ISIS. They didn't specify whether any specific attacks were ever planned.