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Turkish, Saudi foreign ministers say no role for Assad in Syria's future

Turkey and Saudi Arabia have reiterated their position that President Bashar Assad has no role to play in Syria's future.

At a joint news conference in the Turkish capital, Ankara, on Thursday, Saudi Foreign Minister Abdel al-Jubeir and his Turkish counterpart, Feridun Sinirlioglu, also criticized Russia's military involvement in Syria.

Al-Jubeir told reporters: "We are in agreement that Bashar Assad has no role."

Sinirlioglu said Assad is the cause of the conflict, adding that any country that believes that Assad can "re-establish authority and therefore restore stability is living in a dream world."

The two countries back moderate opposition groups in Syria.

The Turkish minister said that the Russian intervention was merely delaying a possible transitional period in Syria.