Turkey News

Turkish-backed northwest authorities will hold the ‘First Investment Conference in Northwest Syria' in the Al-Rai Industrial City in December to attract investments to the region.
Turkey’s Council of Higher Education has recently accredited the Free Aleppo University located in A’zaz; with this move Turkey now recognizes the degrees of this university based in northwest Syria.
Five months after Syria’s reinstatement in the Arab League, normalisation with Bashar Al-Assad seems to have yielded few Damascus concessions: captagon trade is surging, there is no sign of steps towards stabilisation, political reforms, or refugee return.
President Bashar Al-Assad’s handshake with Chinese leader Xi Jinping on September 22 marks a significant step in Syria’s reintegration into the global diplomatic sphere. Despite much fanfare, however, it is unlikely that promises by China's foreign minister Wang Yi’s “to take ties to a new level” will materialise into investments in Syria’s cash-strapped economy, given the recent decrease in China’s footprint in the country and Syria’s distressed business environment.
In the first eight months of 2023, Syria’s non-oil foreign trade reached USD 2.681 billion, including imports of USD 2.161 billion, according to a statement by Prime Minister Hussein Arnous before the Parliament on September 17.
Recent reports have sounded the alarm on the bleak water crisis that five million people in northeast Syria are facing. The roots of the water dilemma are entangled and protracted and the political instability in the northeast hinders efforts to design a comprehensive strategy to manage the dwindling water resources. 
Amid rising food insecurity levels and wheat shortages, the Syrian government has recently contracted with Russian suppliers for the import of 1.4 million tonnes of soft wheat, which is used to produce bread. The wheat harvest across the country has improved this year but still falls short of the local demand.
On September 7, the Commander of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), Mazloum Abdi, declared his forces had “full control” of the areas in Deir-ez-Zor province that had witnessed 12-day clashes between the US-backed SDF and some local Arab tribes. 
The government recently sent a rare ministerial delegation to Northeast Syria to oversee public services and projects in areas under its control, mainly the cities of Hassakeh and Qamishli.
Since the cross-border aid mechanism for the only UN-mandated border crossing expired last week, UN agencies and NGOs have been bracing themselves for major disruptions to their humanitarian operations in Northwest Syria, where over 4 million people need emergency assistance. Although another vote has yet to be scheduled, many fear that Russia will continue to veto future resolutions.
Due to Russia’s veto, the UNSC has failed to adopt a compromise resolution to extend the cross-border mechanism that allows lifesaving aid to be delivered to millions of people in northern Syria.