Erdogan: no solution in Syria with Assad

Erdogan: no solution in Syria with Assad

There could be no solution to Syria's conflict while President Bashar al-Assad remains in power, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said.

"Assad is not the address for a prospective solution in Syria," Erdogan said, voicing frustration at international failure to compel the Syrian leader to leave.

"He has attacked his people with tanks, with cannons, with barrel bombs, with chemical weapons, with fighter jets. Do you think he could be the vehicle for a solution?" Reuters cited him as saying.

"Assad killed hundreds of thousands of people and I have 3 million refugees in my country, 1.5 million refugees are currently in Lebanon, and there are about 1 million refugees in Jordan and these people have fled their motherlands," Erdogan said.

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