The two leaders have held frequent discussions over the years [File: Turkish presidential press/Handout via AFP] 

Al-Monitor: Turkey’s Erdogan seeking a meeting with Assad and Putin 

In a reversal, Erdogan wants Russia to set-up a three-way meeting with Bashar Al-Assad, ten years after Ankara calling for his removal from power 

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Thursday that his country was seeking three-way meetings between Ankara, Moscow and Damascus, a fresh addition to Turkey’s efforts to restore its ties with the Syrian government of Bashar Al-Assad, ten years after relations broke off between them. 

“We want to take a tripartite step as Syria-Turkey-Russia,” Erdogan told reporters during his return from Turkmenistan, adding that the three countries’ defense and foreign ministers could come together first.  

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WNU Editor: Syrian President Assad said no to such a meeting two weeks ago …. Assad rejects Russia attempt to arrange meeting with Erdogan, sources say (Middle East Monitor). But Russia wants this meeting, and I would not be surprised if this meeting does take place. 

If this summit happens, it will be the beginning of the end for this long and horrible war. 

The US response to these possible talks has been a reinforcement of their military presence in north-eastern Syria. 

 Turkey’s Erdogan Wants A Summit With Assad And Putin  

Turkey Seeks a Trilateral Mechanism With Russia, Syria -Erdogan — Reuters 

Erdogan Seeks to Hold a Summit with Putin, Assad — Asharq Al-Awsat

Erdoğan’s quest for trilateral Syria diplomacy — Daily Sabah