The Turkish Jumhereyt daily today published the second part of the interview granted to it by President Bashar Al-Assad, in which the president affirmed that current events have revealed the reality of Turksih Prime Minister recep Tayyev Erdopgan.
In the second part of the interview held with President Basahr Al-Assad by the Turkish Jumhoureyet daily, the president affirmed that Erdoganís government has gone beyond the fraternal relations with Syria into a relationship of direct interference, and involvement later in the deadly events through ensuring logistic support for the terrorists and adopting dangerous policies for the Turkish and Syrian peoples, a matter that is rejected by Syria as an independent state that respects itself and its sovereignty.
On the change in the relations with Turkey, President Al-Assad said first we must determine which side has changed. Syriaís relation with Iraq, Iran, Jordan and other states has not changed. On the other hand, a change is observed in Turkeyís relations with most of those countries in the region not only with Syria.
On the current Turkish governmentís attempts to interfere in Syriaís internal affaires, the President said Erdogan has nothing to do with Syriaís internal affaires, and consequently he is not entitled to any promises to do anything.
The president added that Erdogan sometimes advised reform, and the Syrian government has fulfilled all its promises regarding the package of reforms.
The president said: ďIf we ask Erdogan now, he would perhaps talk about reform! But I ask him now if he were honest in his call for reform why didnít he bring up the matter years ago?Ē
President Al-Assad stressed the need for Erdogan to concern himself with his own internal affaires, not with the affaires of others so that what remains of the zero-problem policy would be applicable.
The President said Erdogan had a bigger agenda than the subject of Syria. He wanted the terrorists to act freely in Syria. Years before the crisis, the President added, Erdogan was always keen on the Syrian Moslem Brotherhood more than he was on the Syrian-Turkish relationship. For him, they are undoubtedly his main obsession. He is keen on defending and helping them. The President affirmed that Syria naturally would not allow such a thing, neither for Erdogan nor for any one else in the world.
Erdogan, the President went on, has lost credibility. If he wants to rebuild the bridges of relationship he has to restore credibility on the Arab arena in general not only with Syria.
In reply to a question on the way out of the Syrian-Turkish crisis following Erdoganís recent threats, President Al-Assad said the way out is for the Turkish government to go back on its mistakes in dealing with the Syrian situation, refrain from exploiting every event in order to create big problems and place the Syrian and Turkish peoplesí interests above the narrow personal interests of its officials.
The President said that the change of circumstances brought the reality of Erdogan to the surface. The evidence is Erdoganís staunch defense of the Palestinians in 2008 when Israel attacked Gaza, while no such attitude was heard of two and a half years before when Israel attacked Lebanon. There is resistance here and resistance there, the President affirmed; Israel kills here and kills there, and in both countries the number of martyrs approached 1500. The President said such stands revealed Erdoganís sectarian background.
The president wondered why Erdogan did nothing but yelling after the Marmara Flotilla incident, why does he challenge Israel and then agrees on installing the missile shield in Turkey? Is placing the missile shield in Turkey for protecting Turkey from an attack by a hostile country? Has the USA placed such bases to protect itself from this region? Which country can threaten the USA from our region? No one. So the answer is that placing the shield is to protect Israel!