Syrian Vice President Faruq al-Shara "is a man of reason" who could replace President Bashar Assad, AFP quoted Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu as saying on Saturday.

AFP reported Davutoğlu said on Turkish television channel TRT: "Faruq al-Shara is a man of reason and conscience and he has not taken part in the massacres in Syria. Nobody knows the (Syrian) system better than he."

According to the report, the Turkish foreign minister stressed that the Syrian opposition "is inclined to accept Shara" as the future leader of the Syrian administration.

Davutoglu also said he was convinced that the Syrian vice president was still in Syria, despite reports that al-Shara defected.

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