ISTANBUL: The foreign ministers of Turkey and Syria will hold their first official meeting on Wednesday since the start of Syrian civil war more than a decade ago, officials said.
The talks in Moscow will also involve the top diplomats of Russia and Iran, Turkey’s foreign ministry said in a statement.
The announcement delivers a diplomatic boost to President Recep Tayyip Erdogan just days before he faces the toughest general election of his 21-year rule on Sunday.
Erdogan supported early rebel efforts to topple Syrian President Bashar Al Assad, keeping a military presence in northern stretches of the war-torn country that angers Damascus.
But Erdogan reversed course after Turkey plunged into an economic crisis two years ago.
Erdogan has made up with former rivals across the region and is now courting a presidential summit with Assad.
Syria had refused, insisting that Turkey first pull out its troops.
A reconciliation with Syria is also supported by Erdogan’s opponents and plays an important part in Turkey’s election campaign.
Erdogan has pledged to speed up the repatriation of nearly four million Syrian refugees and migrants who fled to Turkey to escape poverty and war.
An agreement with Damascus is seen as a prerequisite for this process.
Iran and Russia have been helping mediate talks between the two sides.