BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:30 P.M.) – If Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad remains in power, the refugees in Turkey will not be able to return to their homes, Volkan Bozkir, the head of parliament’s foreign affairs committee, said on a visit to Moscow on Thursday as quoted by Anadolu News Agency.
During a meeting with the chair of the Russian Federation Council’s Foreign Affairs Committee, Konstantin Kosachev, Bozkir said that Turkey allegedly hosts 4 out of the 5 million Syrian refugees.
Bozkir said that these refugees will be blocked from returning to their homes if Assad remains in power.
The Turkish diplomat believes that the Syrian people should decide who they want to replace Assad.
“Of course, the Syrian people will make the main decision on who will replace Assad,”
The Turkish regime has repeatedly called on Assad to step down from the presidency, while also supporting armed groups against the Syrian government.
In response, the Syrian President has accused his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan of being a Muslim Brotherhood sympathizer and terrorist sponsor.