BERLIN (Sputnik) — German authorities are against the participation of the current Syrian President Bashar Assad in a potential transitional government for the country, German Foreign Ministry spokesman Martin Schaefer said Monday.
"As far as I can tell, in the region there are a lot of players and forces, including Turkey, Saudi Arabia and other Gulf countries, which consider it impossible – as well as we do — that Assad could be part of a transitional government with all powers," Schaefer told reporters.
Syria has been in a civil war since 2011, with the government fighting multiple opposition factions and militant groups, including the Islamic State jihadist group.
Moscow hosted two rounds of intra-Syrian peace talks earlier in 2015 in an attempt to foster dialogue between the government and the opposition factions, to ultimately pave a way to a peaceful resolution to the civil war.
Last week, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said a political settlement in Syria cannot take place until the terrorist threat in the country is defeated.