US Attempting to Prevent Revival of Adana Agreement Between Turkey, Syria

TEHRAN (FNA)- The US is attempting to block efforts to revive the Adana agreement signed between Ankara and Damascus in 1998 days after Turkey did not oppose Moscow’s proposal for deployment of the Russian forces at the bordering areas between Syria and Turkey.

The Arabic-language al-Watan newspaper quoted the UAE’s ‘The National’ as reporting that the administration of US President Donald Trump is after creation of an international force consisting of 2,000 NATO soldiers instead of the safe zone desired by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Northern Syria.

Analysts referred to the recent remarks by Turkey’s Foreign Minister Mevlut Chavushoglu on the possibility for the deployment of Russian forces at the bordering areas in Northern Syria, saying that it means success of Russia’s efforts to persuade Ankara to return to the Adana protocol.

They added that the US measures to replace its troops with NATO forces in regions that it would withdraw from means Washington’s attempts to distort efforts by Moscow to revive the agreement.

In relevant remarks earlier this month, Abdel Bari Atwan, the editor-in-chief of Rai al-Youm newspaper, said that the Adana agreement, signed by Turkey and Syria in 1998, killed in the bud Washington’s plots to establish a safe zone in Northern Syria and disintegrate the country.

“Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov announced that during the trilateral meeting in Sochi, Moscow and Ankara reached this conclusion that the Adana agreement signed between Syria and Turkey in 1998 is the best way to confront the terrorists’ threats at the Syrian and Turkish borders,” Atwan wrote.

“The agreement which was declared five days after holding the trilateral meeting among Iran, Russia and Turkey means burying the safe zone plot that US President Donald Trump had asked for its establishment across the Northern borders of Syria. It also means thwarting attempts to disintegrate Syria for the sake of the formation of a small state on the Eastern banks of the Euphrates,” he added.

Atwan said that Adana agreement would obviate all security concerns of Turkey and Syria, end the 8-year clashes and foreign interference and pave the ground for the return of millions of displaced Syrians.