Hundreds of opponents of Syrian President Bashar al Assad demonstrated in northern Syria against Turkey after Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said yesterday that the only way to find “permanent peace” is to bring the opposition into dialogue with the Damascus regime. This was reported by various local media, broadcasting videos and images of Syrians burning Turkish flags and shouting slogans against Ankara in various cities in northern Syria, where the Turkish army has been present for years in support of the same opponents of Assad.
The protests began last night a few hours after Cavusoglu’s statements during a conference in Ankara.
Since the beginning of the Syrian civil conflict in 2011, Turkey has supported opponents of the Damascus regime and welcomed millions of refugees fleeing the war into its territory. Diplomatic relations with the Damascus regime have since been severed.
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