The presidents of Turkey, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, and of Syria, Bashar al-Assad, may meet at the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) summit in Uzbekistan in September, Iran’s Tasnim news agency reported, citing sources.
The Iranian news outlet underlined that the meeting would take place on the condition of the meeting between the Turkish delegation and Bashar al-Assad.
The news agency said that Putin invited Erdogan to attend the SCO meeting in Uzbekistan and also asked President Assad to take part in that meeting.
Earlier, Erdogan said that Russian President Vladimir Putin invited him to the SCO meeting in Uzbekistan in September.
The development comes as part of an ongoing rapprochement between Turkey and Syria, which could put an end to years of animosity between Damascus and Ankara. For years, Turkey has been supporting rebel and takfiri forces against Syria, in particular the Free Syrian Army (FSA) and consorts, in an attempt to overthrow the Syrian Arab Republic. These rebel forces have all but been defeated across the board, only maintaining a presence in the Idlib region, which has seemingly caused Turkey to end its support for them and their cause.