December 17, 2018
Turkey would consider working with the Syrian President Bashar Assad if he managed to win a “credible” democratic election, Turkey’s foreign minister stated, and added by saying “everybody” should consider doing the same.
“If it is a democratic election, and if it is a credible one, then everybody should consider [working with Assad],” Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu declared, during a press conference in Qatar on Sunday, when asked, whether Ankara would work with Assad.
The comment is also a U-turn from when Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, where he referred to Assad as a terrorist last year, stating then that it was impossible for Syrian peace efforts to continue with him.
Turkey is part of the opposition against Assad since the country’s civil war broke out in 2011 and Turkey is currently in active in the northeast of the country and continue fighting the Kurdish YPG group that Ankara considers terrorists.
in October 2018, Turkey reached an agreement with Russia, Germany and France that a Syrian-led and Syrian-owned political process that is facilitated by the UN is the best route for the war-torn country.
Assad won re-election in 2014, securing 88.7 percent of the votes, with the opposition quick to criticize the elections, stating that the leader had no credible rival candidate.