TEHRAN (FNA)- Qatari and Turkish officials in a recent meeting discussed a plot to prevent the nomination of incumbent President Bashar al-Assad in 2014 presidential election, including all-out efforts to topple the Syrian government before election, a Lebanese newspaper reported on Wednesday.
In a meeting with Qatari Crown Prince Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani, Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davoudoglu told Tamim that Bashar Assad should not have the opportunity to rule the country until 2014, al-Akhbar said.
The Lebanese daily reported that Davoudoglu has also underlined that Syria should go under financial sanctions in a bid to have the Syrian government weakened.
Turkey is among the countries that support militants inside Syria. Ankara provides military training for anti-Damascus militants along its borders with Syria.
The unrest in Syria began in March 2011.
The Syrian government of Bashar al-Assad says that the chaos is being orchestrated from outside the country, and there are reports that a very large number of the militants are foreign nationals.
Militant groups, supported by certain western states and their regional allies, such as Qatar, Saudi Arabia and Turkey have been trying to topple the Syrian government for over 20 months.
Also Sources said last week that a large number of spying cells from Israel, Saudi Arabia, Turkey and Qatar are operating in Syria to help the armed rebels topple the Damascus government.
Informed sources told the Palestinian al-Manar weekly that Israeli, Saudi, Turkish and Qatari intelligence officers, backed by the US, have infiltrated into Syria via the Turkish borders, adding that each spying cell is comprised of 16 agents.
According to the sources, the main goal of the intelligence groups is gathering intelligence, specially in the form of footage and images, from Syria's sensitive and important sites, the country's military grid and power in particular.
The spying cells have also been provided with a list of Syria's prominent scientists and experts in different fields to kidnap and assassinate them, the sources said, elaborating on the mission of the multinational espionage operations underway in Syria.