The Turkish Prime Minister, Binali Yidirum, stated on Saturday that Syrian  President, Bashar Al-Assad, can remain as the interim leader of Syria, while the country moves towards a transitional government.

Yidirum added that Assad cannot remain president of Syria after the transitional government is set in place.

This shift in Turkish policy comes just two weeks after Turkish President, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, met with his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin, in St. Petersburg.

Previously, Turkey demanded Assad step down from the presidency immediately and even threatened military action against his government if he did not comply.

Next week, Erdogan is scheduled to travel to Tehran, where he will meet with the Iranian and Russian leaders in order to increase coordination efforts.

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Andrew Sivaram
Andrew Sivaram
2016-08-20 15:07

Turkey should mind its own business. Who gives Turkey the right to demand Assad steps down?

Christian Strijbos
Christian Strijbos
2016-08-20 16:03

Only syrians decide who to go, not the traitor turkish rulers

Terence Silvestre Jr.
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Terence Silvestre Jr.
2016-08-20 19:44

Yes and amen. Only Syria can and must decide his future. Everybody can see the example of Libia. Ask to any civil libyan citizen without political or religious interest and he will tell you that everything was much better with the dictatorship of Gadhafi. With the situation of so many extremist religious currents bumping into each other, situation that not exist in the western side, some regions are totally incompatible with forms of Western government no matter what they do the US and its allies for changing that, things will always end up in total chaos without a leader with… Read more »

Peacemakers
Peacemakers
2016-08-20 14:07

Epitome of stupidity.You don’t want the millitary to overthrow your own legal government but you imagine you have the authority to claim justification for illegal overthrow of a foreign country for your own nation’s interests.What hypocrisy!

Daeshbags Sux
Daeshbags Sux
2016-08-20 16:09
Reply to  Peacemakers

Nope : Taqqiya (deception) : it’s the great art of islamists as q’ran says Allah is the greatest deceiver…

Aidin
Aidin
2016-08-20 17:15
Reply to  Daeshbags Sux

Apparently you never read the Qu’ran.

guest
guest
2016-08-20 19:34
Reply to  Aidin

no I did not, as it is for people without brain, delivered by hebrew agent to rule the brown people.

Boris Kazlov
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Boris Kazlov
2016-08-20 21:20
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What sacred book do intelligent people read?

kit
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kit
2016-08-20 19:43
Reply to  Aidin

A stupid thing to say Aidin, when he’s f*****g quoting it!

joemc
joemc
2016-08-20 14:11

Very kind of the Turkish prime minister to give Syria’s elected president permission to temporarily stay in office.

ziad welds
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ziad welds
2016-08-21 00:49
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l**o just like it was very nice when kerry gave assad permission to stay longer,assad thanked him because he was about to pack his bags

Luis Llo Glez
Luis Llo Glez
2016-08-20 14:06

They should start collaborating with Assad, because once the “rebels” get defeated and ISIS expelled from Syria, the next battle is going to be against the kurds and, if Assad is too weak by then and the kurds manage to win with US help, Turkey is going to have a great problem…

ErikWar19
ErikWar19
2016-08-20 15:52
Reply to  Luis Llo Glez

nope they will support syrian rebels in northaleppo to secure some place to push syrian refugees back to syria and then they will fuck of and leave the mess for kurds to handle with syria, its only a stab into the face for syrian rebels west from aleppo, ho are still supported by turkish weapon deals.

they just have to accept, that major cities like damascus, Hama and homs will remain in SAA hand and thereby they will accept a syrian state in the future with russian influence…but without assad (-> a military dictatorship)

Daeshbags Sux
Daeshbags Sux
2016-08-20 16:26
Reply to  Luis Llo Glez

Not forcibly, although, according on how Assad over reacted after the last clashes between Asayish and NDF…
There are few possibilities available :
1. Rojava stills in Syria but as an autonomus region in a federal state
2. Rojava takes its independence
3. SAA attacks Rojava and Assad sees a JDAM coming through his window
4. Gollum attacks Rojava and ends in the lava volcano in the mountain of doom
5. Both Gollum+Assad attack Rojava and get their asses kicked.

Imam Benammar
Imam Benammar
2016-08-20 14:08

Hypocrite Erdoghan

Joe Pelosi
Joe Pelosi
2016-08-20 18:50

Well I think we are going to see a very slow change from erdogans regime to adopt Russias world policies.

guest
guest
2016-08-20 19:33

go to the h**l crazy b*****d turk

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Prince Teutonic
2016-08-20 20:05

I just hope that world leaders are aware that they are dealing with a lunatic which can’t be trusted… By the way: “Turkish regime…” I like what you did there! 😉

Shima Dwan
Shima Dwan
2016-08-20 14:11

Finally

Jack Barakat
Jack Barakat
2016-08-20 14:50

@iShabi7a

Middle East Briefing
Middle East Briefing
2016-08-20 18:38

#Turkey’s ambassador in #Moscow: #Assad can remain during the transitional process
https://t.co/lMYrijPxFe

zaz
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zaz
2016-08-20 21:40

That is OK.One step at a time.

Boris Kazlov
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Boris Kazlov
2016-08-22 14:57
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So it is OK for Turkey to dictate policy in Syria? The Ottoman Empire is long gone,

Jewish Russophile
Jewish Russophile
2016-08-20 21:26

@leithfadel If the Kurds don’t settle down in Northeast Syria, they are going to be in a world of hurt.

Agus Nizami
Agus Nizami
2016-08-21 00:37

Because of Muslim Brotherhood in Syria want to rule Syria, Turkey Muslim Brotherhood is intervening the Syrian matters. The Turkey MB decide who should be the president of Syria.

slavonac
slavonac
2016-08-21 06:49

So now Erdo changes his stance one more time, he will be used and disposed off by the Russians same way he was by the muricans. Once you show weakness (by changing stance) you are done for, Turkey is on the way to internal breakup…