Turkey may soften stance on Assad exit as Kurdish gains force shift

Turkey’s determination to prevent an autonomous Kurdish region emerging in northern Syria could see it ease up on demands for President Bashar al-Assad’s immediate exit, as it overhauls a foreign policy that has left it more isolated than influential. Days after taking office last month, new Prime Minister Binali Yildirim – a close ally of President Tayyip Erdogan – said Turkey needed

to “increase its friends and decrease its enemies”, in what appeared a tacit admission that his predecessor’s policies had left the NATO member sidelined. Under former Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu, Ankara was insistent on Assad’s departure as the only way of stabilising Syria, setting it at odds with Assad’s ally Russia and distancing it from a U.S.-led coalition more focused on the fight against Islamic State.

via ynetnews.com

Source: http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4816008,00.html

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