Turkey losing patience with Assad

Below, there is a part of my article on Turkey’s relation with Syria written for NOW Lebanon.

“Turkey’s growing impatience toward next-door neighbor Syria over Damascus’ failure to implement reforms has not only shaken the country’s reputation as a mediator in the Middle East, but also recalls an event 13 years ago that brought both states to the brink of war.

In October 1998, Turkey continuously condemned Syria for aiding the outlawed PKK (Kurdistan Worker’s Party) and sheltering its leader within its borders. Turkey deployed its army to the countries’ shared border. The tension was eased by the Adana Agreement, signed by both parties when then-Syrian President Hafez al-Assad agreed to cease all support for the PKK and expel its leader.”

To read more please visit NOW Lebanon.

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