Turkey says it continues to support the Syrian opposition

Turkey says it continues to support the Syrian opposition

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavusoglu met with representatives of the Syrian opposition today to assure them that his country continues to support the 2015 United Nations resolutions for a negotiated solution to the conflict in Syria.

The minister met with the president of the Syrian National Coalition (CNFROS), Salem al-Maslat; the president of the negotiating commission, Badr Yamus, and with Abdurrahman Mustafa, a member of CNFROS, to “talk about the recent events in Syria,” Çavusoglu said on his Twitter account.

“I have reiterated our support for the Syrian opposition and the Syrian people in accordance with United Nations Security Council resolution 2254,” the minister wrote.

The resolution calls for a negotiated end to the conflict through the drafting of a new constitution and the holding of free elections.

In recent months, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has signaled his willingness to resume diplomatic relations with the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, broken since the start of the Syrian civil war in 2011, once they have been held the Turkish elections next June.

The Syrian opposition up in arms against Asad has so far received military and logistical support from Turkey, which controls several areas in northern Syria and has protested against a hypothetical reconciliation between Ankara and Damascus.

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