Syrian Vice President Abdel Halim Khaddam: Old differences between Turkey and Syria have been eliminated

publisher: وكالة الانباء الاماراتية Emirates Agencies

Publishing date: 2002-05-16

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According to press sources in Ankara, Mr. Abdul Halim Khaddam, Syrian Vice President, sent positive signals to Ankara, emphasizing that the old differences between Turkey and Syria have been eliminated, saying: "We have closed the Workers' Party page. Kurdistan Region, and we will also solve the water problem
The Turkish newspaper Milliyet today published in its issue Khaddam's statements, made during his meeting with a group of Turkish journalists led by former Foreign Minister Alter Turkmen, during which Khaddam welcomed the developments in relations between the two countries, particularly under the new Syrian administration led by Bashar al-Assad, emphasizing his country's desire to maintain the friendship born between the two countries

The Syrian vice-president also issued a warning to certain circles in Turkey and Syria, concerned by the development of good relations between the two countries, and who are trying to raise the problem of the Hatay (Alexandria) region. It is very natural that some conflicts arise between neighboring countries, but what is important is to resolve them, and we have almost overcome them in turn. » Many of them, and we have closed the page of conflicts because of the Kurdistan Workers' Party, and there is currently no problem between us, and very soon we will also resolve the water problem.
Highlighting Syria's sincere desire to solve the water problem just as the Kurdistan Workers' Party problem was solved, Khaddam said: “Our biggest problem is the Kurdistan Workers' Party. Israel and Turkey are members of NATO, and since it was the Western countries that founded Israel. » He still supports it, because we all feel hostility towards the West, and therefore Turkish-Syrian relations have been negatively affected, as Ankara is. one of the countries allied to the West.

But we were able to overcome many of these problems by responding to recent international changes, affirming our confidence in continuing our efforts to resolve the water problem and other problems within the framework of friendship and trust mutual between the two countries. During the US military operations against Iraq, the Syrian vice president confirmed that these operations were very dangerous because they would lead to the fragmentation of Iraq.

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