On 1 June, Syrian opposition activists opened talks in Turkey to discuss ways to trigger a regime change in Damascus and to draw up plans for a peaceful transition.

More than 300 activists gathered in Antalya a day after President Bashar al-Assad announced an amnesty for political prisoners. Molham Aldrobi, a member of the Muslim Brotherhood, says that Al-Assad “should be seeking amnesty from the people for himself.”

The gathering called Conference for Change in Syria, is expected to last until 3 June.

Al-Assad issued a decree granting a general amnesty on 31 May. It covered all political movements in the country, including the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood.