President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said Turkey and Syria have been conducting foreign policy in low profile contacts through its spy agency with the Syrian regime.
Turkey and Syria “conducts foreign policy on low levels,” Erdoğan said in an interview with public broadcaster TRT late Feb. 3.
Intelligence agencies cannot act in the same way that political leaders do, he said in another reference to contacts between the intelligence agencies of the Syrian regime and Turkey.
“Even if it’s your enemy, you will not break the rope completely. Because you might need that rope some time,” Erdoğan added.
Turkey so far has ruled out any direct talks with Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad, and Foreign Minister Mevlüt Cavuşoğlu told Hürryiet Daily News last week that Ankara was earlier only in contact with Damascus through third parties, namely Russia and Iran. Erdoğan’s comments are the first time he has confirmed direct low-level talks with Damascus.
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