Turkey says would work with Syria's Assad if he won 'democratic election'
Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu says the Ankara government would consider working with Syrian President Bashar Assad if he won a democratic and credible election.
The Turkish foreign minister made the remarks while addressing the 18th edition of Doha Forum on Sunday.
Asked whether Turkey would consider working with Assad, Cavusoglu said there must first be an election in Syria and “if it is a democratic and credible one, then everybody should consider that [working with Assad].”
“It has to be very credible, transparent, democratic and fair elections. At the end, Syrian people should decide who is going to rule the country after the elections,” Cavusoglu added.
He further noted that the constitution for Syria should be drafted by the people of their own country.
Elsewhere in his remarks, Cavusoglu said he believed US President Donald Trump was considering a policy of leaving Syria.
Syria's Deputy Foreign Minister Faisal Mekdad demanded on November 4 that “occupation” forces from Turkey must leave, emphasizing that the troops must depart the territories of his conflict-plagued Arab country in order for security and stability to be restored there.