Erdogan: “We entered Syria in order to end Assad’s rule.”

Foreign Ministry: Syria will not allow the tyrant Erdogan to interfere in its affairs

Damascus, SANA

The Foreign and Expatriates Ministry affirmed that the statements made by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Tuesday which showed the true goals of the Turkish aggression against Syria, with the Ministry affirming that Syria will not allow him to interfere in its affairs and that it will cut off the hand that tries to harm it.

An official source at the Foreign and Expatriates Ministry told SANA on Wednesday that Erdogan’s statements prove that he is a liar and reveal that Turkish aggression against Syria is a result of the dreams and delusions that drive this extremist tyrant who turned Turkey into a base for terrorists that undermine security and stability in Syria and Iraq and cause suffering to innocents, all under the support of the Turkish regime.

“It’s ironic that a tyrant like Erdogan would talk about democracy when he has transformed Turkey into one big prison for everyone who opposes his policy, something which was met by wide-scale criticism from the international community,” the source added.

The source affirmed that Syria’s people, army, and leadership will not allow this arrogant tyrant to interfere in its affairs and that it will cut off the hand that tries to harm it, adding “while Syria is now fighting this tyrant’s pawns and proxies, tomorrow is another day.”

Syria demands that the international community put an end to Erdogan’s behavior and interference in the affairs of the region’s states, as they pose a threat to regional and international peace and contradict Security Council resolutions on counter-terrorism, since Erdogan’s regime provides all kinds of support to terrorist groups, the source concluded.

Hazem Sabbagh

Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Tuesday said his country’s army had entered Syria to overthrow the Assad government.

Speaking at a symposium in Istanbul, Erdogan, commenting on the Euphrates Shield operation launched in August by the Turkish army and Syrian rebel groups, said, “We entered Syria in order to end Assad’s rule.”

Once allies, Erdogan and Assad fell out shortly after the outbreak of the Syrian civil war.

Turkey has been accused of supporting Sunni Islamist groups including Islamic State and Jabhat Fateh al-Sham (former Jabhat al-Nusra) the al-Qaeda affiliate in Syria.

Turkish officials have also been vocal in their opposition to the Democratic Union Party (PYD) and People’s Protection Units, Kurdish groups which it sees as being affiliated to the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK).

Prime Minister Binali Yildirim acknowledged that they are against Kurdish gains in northern Syria-Rojava and would not allow a Kurdish entity in the country.

Condemning Turkey’s attacks on Kurdish and Arab forces (SDF) in al-Bab and Manbij, Kurdish officials have said these are weakening the struggle against IS and political stability in the country.

The balance of power changed recently when three Turkish soldiers were killed and 10 more wounded in Syria by an air strike allegedly launched by Syrian government forces on 24 November in the north of the country.

According to latest reports Syrian forces are close to capturing the strategically important city al-Bab in northern Syria, which is coveted by Turkey and its rebel forces and Kurdish-Arab-Assyrian-Turkmen forces of the SDF.

Turkey is part of the international coalition to combat the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria.

It is not known what implications Erdogan’s latest words will have in the international sphere; with the Turkish strongman at loggerheads with the EU and other European governments over the refugee crisis and crackdown on democracy in Turkey, he has recently sidled closer to Russia and China.