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Turkish-Syrian normalization continues as top diplomats meet

Turkey's foreign minister says Ankara wants to cooperate with the Syrian regime but will not let that get in the way of its fight against terrorism. 
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After a surprise meeting between the defense chiefs of Turkey and Syria in Moscow, Ankara indicated Thursday that Turkish-Syrian talks would continue in 2023 with a focus on joint efforts to combat terror groups and the return of Syrian refugees to their country. 

The next step would be a meeting between foreign ministers, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu told journalists at a year-end presser in Ankara. He said that a meeting date is not yet set, though sources in Ankara say it is to take place early in 2023.

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