Academic journal article The Middle East Journal

Chronology: Regional Affairs

Academic journal article The Middle East Journal

Chronology: Regional Affairs

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Apr. 22: The fourth World Islamic Economic Forum opened in Kuwait. The Forum brought together a diverse range of leaders from a variety of Muslim countries to discuss issues related to the development and economies of Muslim countries. [JT, 4/24]

May 21: Israel and Syria, which had technically been at war since 1967, began peace talks in Istanbul under Turkish mediation - the first since a failed attempt in 2000. In the negotiations, it was believed that Syria hoped to regain the Golan Heights and reestablish relations with the US through Israel, while Israel sought to pull Syria away from Iran, Hizbullah, and Hamas. [BBC, 5/21, NYT 5/22]

June 5: A senior Turkish officer acknowledged that Turkey's military was working with Iran on sharing information and coordinating strikes against rebels affiliated with the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) in northern Iraq. Turkey had been accused of using the PKK's presence in northern Iraq as an excuse for efforts to erode the autonomy of Iraq's Kurdish region. [Reuters, 6/5]

June 16: Syria and Israel concluded peace talks with an agreement to continue negotiations, although they would continue to be indirect and conducted through Turkish intermediaries. Israeli officials said that the two countries decided to continue meeting "on a permanent basis," but that a meeting between Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and Syrian President Bashar al-Asad was not discussed. …

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