American Associated Press (AP) news agency has spread information that Turkish President Erdoğan made an offer to Syrian President Assad, which, however, was rejected.
The agency, referring to a Lebanese politician, informs that the aforementioned proposal referred to the operations started by the Turkish air force in the north of Syria.
Erdogan called on Assad to deploy units of the Syrian army in areas controlled by the Kurds, launch military operations and prevent the Kurds from using Syria’s gas and oil reserves. As well as organizing the return of Syrian refugees to Syria.
According to the agency, Erdogan conveyed his proposal to Assad through the Iranians and at the same time expressed his willingness to send officials from Ankara to Damascus. Assad, however, refused, suggesting that the meeting be held in a third country.
A Turkish official, in his turn, denying the rumors that Iran is mediating in Turkish-Syrian relations, noted that Russia has traditionally played the role of mediator, but no progress has been noticed.