Turkey's Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu answers a question during an interview with Reuters in Ankara, Turkey, August 24, 2015. Turkey and the United States will soon launch "comprehensive" air operations to flush Islamic State fighters from a zone in northern Syria bordering Turkey, Cavusoglu told Reuters on Monday. To match Interview MIDEAST-CRISIS/TURKEY REUTERS/Umit Bektas - RTX1PFIV

(AFP) Russia has agreed the United States should be involved in talks on Syria’s future planned for this month, Turkey’s top diplomat said.

Moscow and Ankara last month brokered a ceasefire for the war-torn country, but without the involvement of Washington, a negotiator in previous agreements.

“The United States should be definitely invited, and that is what we agreed with Russia,” Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu told journalists in Geneva on Thursday after an international conference on Cyprus.

The talks in Astana are expected to take place on January 23.

Russia and Turkey last month brokered a ceasefire in the war-torn country, but without the involvement of the United States, a negotiator in previous ceasefires.

The truce went into effect on December 30 and has brought calm to much of Syria although fighting continues in some areas.

“We need to maintain the ceasefire,” Cavusoglu said in Geneva.

“This is essential for the Astana talks.”

The Turkish foreign minister said invitations for the talks were likely to be sent out next week, adding that Washington should be present.

“Nobody can ignore the role of the United States. And this is a principled position of Turkey,” he said.

“The ones who did or who could contribute should be there, but not just to be in the family photo. You know what I mean.”

He said the aim of the talks “is to reach the political solution, which is the best solution.”

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jojo
jojo
2017-01-13 07:42

And left out is the Syrian government and Syrian people. This does not sound right to me – especially as it has 2 countries which have heavily sponsored the terror, murder and destruction upon Syria – not to mention the looting of Syria’s factories by Turkey.

Daeshbags Sux
Daeshbags Sux
2017-01-13 23:56
Reply to  jojo

Definitively. BUT the goal is to have them stopping messing with Syria : let’s be clear, the KSA/Qatar/Turkey/US+poodle project is fucked but Turkey is the key and if US don’t back up, it can last for 30 more years bloodshed. Now there may be some advantage to take as (but what will it be once in power) Trump seems to not be very found of Saudi/Qatari petrodollars, he’s even very likely into stop importing oil and much less into the infamous bipartisan PFNAC and their totally bonkers idea that I’d call “USA über alles”. Now, it’s not too Trump himself… Read more »

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miltiades
2017-01-13 08:42

europe is the strongest economic power on the planet; the near east region, and the syrian nation, are our neighbours; it’s a shame that a speaker of the islamist regime in turkey may talk about the role of the transatlantic barbarians as not to be ignored. what do these thugs have to do in our hemisphere?
when will europe start to live up to her responsability, get rid of foreign domination and support her neighbours, the members of the ancient oekumene?

Daeshbags Sux
Daeshbags Sux
2017-01-13 23:22
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1000% AGREE WITH YOU!!! And first, some of European governments should stop buying most of their military gear outside Europe (mostly from the US) especially as although not made in so huge numbers just because of these govts, a lot of best quality military gear is EU made : nowadays, best tank is Leopard 2 (German), Leclerc (France) and Armata (Russia), best quality riffles are made by Heckler&Koch (German), FN-Guns (Belgium) and Sig (Swiss), best aircraft are made by Dassault (France) and Sukhoi (Russia), best transport aircraft are Airbus/EADS (EU) and business jets by Dassault. Best missiles are MBDA/EADS (EU),… Read more »

Vangelis Kotsios
Vangelis Kotsios
2017-01-13 23:04

never trust a snake again..