Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu has said that the opposition in Syrian and the Assad regime need to come to an agreement for “a lasting stability” in the country.
“What our President (Recep Tayyip Erdoğan) wants to stay is very clear. We do not want that blood spills out in Syria. It is as if (this war) happened because of Turkey. There is no such thing. We have seen into where the war has evolved. But we are the ones who have paid the price of this war the most. We are trying to eliminate the terror organizations and threats against Turkey. For a long-lasting stability in Syria, the opposition and regime need to come to an agreement,” Çavuşoğlu said during a live program on Oct. 11.
Çavuşoğlu’s remarks came after Erdogan said last week he could meet with Syrian counterpart Bashar Al-Assad when the time was right and would not rule that out, reinforcing tentative recent steps to thaw ties between combatants in Syria's war.
"As of now such a meeting is not on the agenda. But I cannot say it is impossible for me to meet with Assad," Erdoğan said on Oct. 6.