Turkey’s Erdogan Wants to Mend Fences with Syria’s Assad After Brutal Civil War

Turkey’s Erdogan Wants to Mend Fences with Syria’s Assad After Brutal Civil War


Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Sunday he plans to invite Syrian dictator Bashar Assad to visit Ankara and mend relations that were strained by Turkey’s support for rebel groups during the long and bloody Syrian civil war.

“We will extend our invitation to Assad,” Erdogan said during an interview with Turkish media.

“With this invitation, we want to restore Turkey-Syria relations to the same level as in the past. Our invitation may be extended at any time,” he said.

Erdogan did not explain why he did not simply invite Assad to visit now, instead of talking about the wonderful invitation he plans to extend at some point in the very near future. 

“We have now arrived at a point where if

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