Syrian President Bashar al-Assad can take part in the transitional period in Syria, but in the long run he can’t stay in the country’s leadership, told reporters on 20 August, the Prime Minister of Turkey Binali Yildirim.
“The United States understands, and Russia understands that Assad will not be those who can unite [the people],” said the Prime Minister (quoted by the Associated Press).
“During the transition period can be negotiated [with the participation of Assad]. <…> But we believe that the future of Syria should not be any [Kurdish rebels], LIH (banned in Russia group) or Assad,” said Yildirim.
In his speech, the Prime Minister of Turkey also said that in the next six months, Ankara will increase its participation in resolving the conflict in Syria and denied reports that Russia allegedly intends to use the Incirlik air base for its operations in Syria.
“I don’t think they [the Russian VKS] there is a need to Incirlik. Because they already have two bases in Syria,” — said the Prime Minister of Turkey.
As previously noted by Reuters, the relationship between Syrian President Bashar Assad and the head of Turkey Recep Tayyip erdoğan before close allies have deteriorated since the conflict began in Syria in 2011. Damascus accuses Turkey of inciting civil war in Syria and support the Islamist rebels and that Turkey does not prevent the jihadists, who, through its border find themselves on the territory of the country. In late July, Assad said that the President of Turkey can take advantage of a failed coup attempt in the country to implement a rigid Islamist agenda that threatens both Turkey and its neighbors.
In this earlier Earlier the Financial Times, citing sources in the leadership of the Syrian opposition, wrote that Ankara amid the recent improvement of relations with Moscow may make a number of concessions on Syria. In particular, the sources FT was called a softening of position in relation to the Kurdish forces and the regime of Bashar al-Assad.