Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Friday said that his views on the Assad regime in Syria have not changed since he was prime minister of Turkey, emphasising that there is no salvation for Syria with Bashar al Assad.
Speaking to reporters in Istanbul, Erdogan was asked about his previous statements, regarding a resolution method, on the situation in Syria, he said that “depending on the developments, the resolution method could possibly be with Assad or without him, but what should happen is a solution without Assad because no one sees a future with a dictator who is responsible for the death of over 300 thousand people."
Erdogan mentioned that some Turkish media outlets attitude's towards his previous statements made against Assad are “malicious.”
Erdogan proceeded with, “Turkey’s approach to Syria’s politics is the same as it was during my term as prime minister.”
Emphasising that “ISIS [is a] terror threat” in Syria, Erdogan continued to say “by a resolution method, I mean, the method that will be carried out by concerned countries willing to bring about a resolution in Syria. I personally think that salvation in Syria is impossible with the Assad regime. Besides, the opposition does not approve an approach with Assad. If this had worked with Assad, it would already have been achieved in last five years.”
President Erdogan also proceeded to say “If Assad has an ounce of love for Syria and the Syrian people he would leave immediately. We do not have any issues with Syria’s interior affairs or matters. But the world and Assad should not forget that we have a 911-kilometre-border with Syria and we are constantly under threat from terrorist organisations located behind this 911-kilometre-border.”
More than 240,000 people have been killed in Syria since the civil war started in 2011 between the Assad regime and opposition forces, following the Arab Spring movement that swept a number of countries in the Middle-East and North Africa.
Conditions of war and poverty have pushed millions of Syrian refugees to take dangerous journeys to other countries.
Millions were displaced worldwide, with almost 2 million in Turkey, 1.1 million in Lebanon and hundreds of thousands in Jordan, Iraq and Egypt.