Turkey has confirmed that Syria's embattled president Bashar al-Assad has asked Venezuela for asylum for his family as opposition forces continue to make military gains on the ground.
According a report published by Turkey's Akşam daily on Wednesday, Turkish officials in Caracas visited the Foreign Ministry and inquired about the letter. The Venezuelan officials confirmed the letter but declined to give details on its content.
Earlier this month, Syria's deputy foreign minister, Faisal Al-Mokdad, visited several Latin American countries, including Venezuela. He received mostly symbolic backing for his government's 21-month battle against the armed opposition.
Al Mokdad told reporters then that he brought a private message for Chavez from Assad but did not reveal the contents.