Binali Yildirim, Turkey's current Transportation Minister and founding member of the AKP, Turkey’s governing party, speaks during a meeting in Ankara, Turkey, Thursday, May 19, 2016. Yildirim is expected to stand unopposed for the party leadership and automatically become Prime Minister at an extraordinary meeting to be held Sunday in Ankara. The shake up comes after Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu stepped down on May 4. (AP Photo)

BEIRUT, LEBANON (7:10 P.M.) – The Turkish Prime Minister, Binali Yildirim, stated during his press conference with his British counterpart, Monday, that lasting peace in Syria is unrealistic as long as Assad remains in power.

“Peace in Syria is not a realistic prospect with Assad in place,” the Turkish PM claimed.

Yildirim’s comments come a few days after Turkish President, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, told Russia that he is open to speaking to Syrian President, Bashar Al-Assad.

The Syrian government has not yet commented on this statement by the Turkish premier.

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Pete
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«Lasting peace in Syria ‘unrealistic’ with Erdogan in power»
Would have made more sense. I don’t believe a word he says.

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Binali Yildirim thinks he is still in Ottoman Empire. Calling Assad a Dictator is like calling Erdogan a Saint both are not. Lighting fire to your neighbors house spreads the fire to your own house with the wind blowing it your way. Whole world has accepted President Assad is here to stay and has won the Syrian war which was imposed on Syria unnecessarily by propping up the Sunnis to up-rise. It is high time Turkey also accepts this reality. Getting rid of Assad is not the answer. Whole world just watched what a bunch of hardcore Salafist Islamic Sunni… Read more »
richard barhoum
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richard barhoum

you just joined the rest of your gang who said assad must go, you are nothing but a slave.

ziad
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ziad

syria would be foolish to ever shake hands with these terrorist imbeciles

PETE2
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Pete. Well said. Turkey will also be better off without ERR-DOGand Yilldream

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Wherever the SAA and allies have reclaimed land people have returned home to get on with their lives. Any local tribes there willing join the SAA in ousting any remaining terrorists in the area. When the US backed SDF/Kurds take over any Syrian territory, any remaining Arabs still there are encouraged to leave to make way for the Kurds. President Assad and the Syrian military have since become even more popular with the majority Syrian population and will be better prepared for any future terrorist invasions sponsored by the autocratic countries of the GCC. Why would you want the current… Read more »