As fighting raged in the Turkish backed areas of Janderes and Afrin between rebel groups, in an interview that was aired on Turkish TV yesterday, the Foreign Minister of Turkey, Mevlut Cavusoglu said that the only way that Syria can see stability is if the opposition and Bashar Al-Assad’s Syrian regime “reconcile”.
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“It is not possible to achieve stability in Syria without achieving reconciliation between the opposition and the Syrian government,” Cavusoglu said in an interview on Turkish TV.
He made mention that despite the fact that Russia has proposed a meeting between the leaders of Turkey and Syria, there was no pressure from Moscow for this to take place, rather a “friendly proposal” was put forward.
He expressed that his opinion was that in order to achieve any form of reconciliation Ankara “must conduct dialogue with the Assad regime”. However he assured that at the current stage, a meeting between President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Bashar Al-Assad is “out of the question”.
Over the last 10 years the Assad regime has killed up to 1 million people, displaced many more millions, thousands are missing and has never aimed to resolve issues with the opposition via any form of reconciliation.