Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said yesterday his country is willing to accept a role for Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad during a transitional period but insisted he has no place in Syria's future.
Meanwhile, the Turkish parliament approved a deal to normalize ties with Israel after a delay caused by last month's attempted coup, state-run media reported yesterday.
Lawmakers ratified late Friday the agreement to restore relations between the two former close regional allies after a six-year rift, before the parliament closed for a summer recess.
Ties were severed in 2010 after Israeli commandos stormed a Gaza-bound Turkish aid vessel in global waters.
But the Israeli regime is obliged to pay United States dollars 20 million in compensation to the families of the Turkish activists killed in the Gaza aid vessel incident.
According to the new agreement, Israel will pay 20 million USA dollars in 25 days as a compensation for lost lives during Mavi Marmara flottila raid and Turkey will drop all cases against the incident.
Israeli cabinet ministers in June approved the deal reached with Turkey, leaving Ankara to make the final ratification step.
He had faced pressure from within Israel to include within the deal the handing over by the Islamist Palestinian group Hamas of four missing Israelis, including the remains of two soldiers presumed dead.
Turkish and Israeli officials have both defended the deal, under which a main Turkish condition for the normalization of ties remains unmet, namely Israel's lifting of the blockade on the Gaza Strip.
Israel had already offered compensation and an apology over the raid several years ago, but with the agreement it also eased slightly its part in the blockade of the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip, transferring humanitarian aid from Ankara through Israel's border crossings with the Strip. However, he remarked that while partners such as Israel and Russian Federation can see the benefit in reaching a deal with Ankara, there is still mistrust in their relations.