Well-informed Iranian sources revealed that Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan agreed in a meeting with Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in Baku on discussing a solution for the Syrian Crisis that excludes the ouster of President Bashar Al-Assad.
According to Al-Akhbar news paper, this was not “due to his love to the Syrian president but rather a last chance choice.”
The Lebanese daily said in a report on Saturday that “the agreement is what urged Erdogan to present the proposal on settlement systems or liaison committees, as a preface for a “Syrian Taef” expected after the US presidential elections, and which the concerned parts are currently wrestling over the nature of the parts with the right to join it.”
The source indicated that “the Americans and westerners in general have reached an estimation, which the Turks are aware of us, that they are incapable of toppling Assad for several reasons on top of which is the internal Syrian steadfastness, as well as the red line that Russia, China and Iran drew against any solution that excludes Assad.”
“Iraq supports this troika’s direction, and it is taking strong action in this field, some of which is announced and some of which is under table. The punitive measures against Ankara and the arms deal with Russia are only bits of this support,” the source further told Al-Akhbar.
The source referred to Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov’s latest statement during a dinner the European Union minister in which he directly said: “Assad will never leave”.
As he pointed out that the meeting between Ahmadinejad and Erdogan lasted for 40 minutes on the sidelines of the Economic Cooperation Organization summit on Tuesday, the source assured that “Ahmadinejad had regained the Iranian approach to the regional files. He told Erdogan that the United States wants to make changes in the region but under the condition that the three models in Afghanistan , Iraq, and Libya do not be repeated.
He added that Washington has clearly empowered Saudi Arabia and Qatar to lead the region under the new American system, ignite regional crises, and appoint groups to topple this and that regional leaders.”
On the Syrian issue, the source added that “Washington has authorized Turkey with the field and logistics management, a Saudi Arabia and Qatar provide fund, arms, and Islamist fighters whom the US and its allies want to evacuate from the Gulf and the new ally regimes. So, they either succeed in overthrowing the Syrian regime, and this is a success for this group, or it gets rid of them in Syria where they are used as firewood there, and this is also a success.”
From here, the West, Al-Akhbar continued, hopes to successfully overthrow Assad before the US elections, even if it was through assassination.
“If this goal was not achieved, as developments favor, the United States will demands other powers, such as Russia and China, to reach an agreement over Syria. By this Washington would have achieved its first goal, which is weakening the country, ripping its social structure, hitting the structure of its regime, destroying it as well as its economy,” the paper added.
The Iranian source assured that “Turkey is now undoubtedly aware that eventually it will stay alone in this battle, especially if the Syria-Turkey borders exploded. Neither the US nor the Europeans or even the NATO will intervene in support of the new Ottomans. Similar would be the case if there was a settlement.”
The paper referred to a settlement plan previously proposed by Iran, which states the implementation of ceasefire followed by a national dialogue between all parts, excluding the armed groups, pointing out that “the Turks are aware now that the Iranian proposal is the only intact proposal that has Russia and China support… and was approved by Egyptian President Mohammad Mursi.”
In this context, Al-Akhbar reported that Erdogan had told Ahmadinejad in that meeting in Baku that “as long as this is the situation, lets form an Iranian, Turkish, Egyptian, or Iranian, Turkish, Russian liaison committee,” but he did not get any reply from the Iranian president.