Turkish intelligence chief to meet Syrian counterpart in Baghdad – Iraqi sources

Hakan Fidan, director of Turkey’s National Intelligence Agency (MİT) is going to meet Syrian National Security Director Ali Mamlouk in Baghdad, Türkiye newspaper reported on Saturday.

Türkiye said the meeting was first reported in Iraqi media by sources close to security forces, and that it had obtained confirmation from what it called authorised officials.

The meeting “could be the beginning of a new process”, former director of the Turkish Armed Forces’ Intelligence Department, İsmail Hakkı Pekin, told Türkiye. “The process conducted via intermediary countries such as Russia and Iran is no longer meaningful. The process with Hakan Fidan will definitely re-activate channels of diplomacy and politics and kickstart a new period.”

The last time Fidan and Mamlouk met was in January 2020, in Moscow.

The meeting will focus on issues of migration and terrorism, according to Pekin. “This process should be analysed as part of the improving relationships with Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Egypt. Much stronger steps will follow the Baghdad theme.”