December 28, 2016 / 10:49 AM / 3 years ago

Transition towards peace in Syria can't involve Assad, says Turkey

ISTANBUL (Reuters) - A transition towards peace in Syria that involves President Bashar al-Assad is “impossible” as the country’s opposition will not accept him, Turkey’s Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said on Wednesday.

Cavusoglu also confirmed Turkey had prepared an agreement towards a ceasefire.

Turkish state media earlier said Turkey and Russia had agreed on a proposal toward a general ceasefire in Syria.

(This version of the story fixes spelling of Turkish foreign minister’s name in first and second paragraphs)

Reporting by Tulay Karadeniz and Ece Toksabay; Writing by David Dolan; editing by John Stonestreet

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