Ankara is not aiming to overthrow Syrian President Bashar al-Assad as head of state, Turkish leader Recep Tayyip Erdogan assured.
"We do not have such a problem as overthrowing or not overthrowing Assad. All the steps we are now taking in Syria, including in coordination with Russia, are aimed at fighting terrorism in areas from the eastern and western parts of the Euphrates to the Mediterranean," Erdogan said, Lenta reports quoting CNN Turk.
The Turkish leader strongly denied rumors of Ankara's claim to Damascus territory, stressing that Turkey stands for the territorial integrity of Syria. Erdogan said he is in contact on Syria with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
"We hope for the adoption of a new constitution in Syria in the near future, which will stabilize the situation and take the necessary steps to solve the existing problems," he said.