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Turkish, Syrian defense chiefs hold landmark meeting in Russia

The defense ministers' meeting in Moscow was the first official engagement between Damascus and Ankara in more than a decade.  
Turkish National Defense Minister Hulusi Akar holds a joint press conference with the UN Secretary-General at the Joint Coordination Center established in Istanbul for the safe shipment of grain products from the Black Sea region in Istanbul on Aug. 20, 2022.

Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar and his Syrian counterpart Ali Mahmoud Abbas gathered in a meeting hosted by Russian defense chief Sergei Shoigu on Wednesday, in a landmark move marking the first official engagement between Damascus and Ankara after more than a decade.

Describing the unannounced meeting as “constructive,” the Turkish Defense Ministry said the officials discussed “the Syrian crisis, refugee problem and joint efforts to combat all terrorist organizations in Syria” during the talks. The three countries “agreed to continue” trilateral meetings to “ensure and maintain stability in Syria and in the region,” the ministry added.

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