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However, the head of the Syrian National Council, Abdulbaset Sieda, said Monday he would not oppose a role for members of Mr. Assad’s ruling Baath party in the country’s political future as long as they did not participate in killings during the uprising.

He told the Associated Press that the council will meet next week in Qatar and will discuss, among other things, the possibility of Vice President Farouk al-Sharaa serving as interim leader if Mr. Assad were to step down.

Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said Saturday that Mr. al-Sharaa is a figure “whose hands are not contaminated in blood” and therefore acceptable to Syrian opposition groups.