Syria crisis coming to an end, says Turkish PM
ISTANBUL - Doğan News Agency
AA PhotoTurkey is receiving “strong signals” the Syrian crisis is coming to an end, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has hinted.
“A government will soon be in charge in Syria that will satisfy the needs and desires of the Syrian people,” Erdoğan said at a party meeting Dec.29.
“We are receiving strong signals that the end is approaching in Syria. The brutal, bloody process is finally coming to and end. Soon there will be a government that will satisfy the needs and desires of the Syrian people,” Erdoğan said.
According to the prime minister, once the ruling powers change in Syria the “people of [Turkey and Syria] will walk together into the future, joining forces.”
“Our government is being targeted for the time this process has been taking,” Erdoğan said. “We will not listen to such criticism, we will not lose motivation.”
I would leave my father if he turned cruel: Turkish PM
Erdoğan also touched upon the previous bond of friendship between him and Syria's Bashar al-Assad that had been a point of criticism in recent months.
“We were friends, we were meeting in families,” Erdoğan said. “But even if it was my own father, and he turned cruel, I would not walk the same path with him, because consenting to cruelty is cruelty itself.”
“Regardless of what [al-Assad] does, the people will triumph. Do not ever worry about that. The price may be heavy, and it may be difficult, but sooner or later the Syrian people will come out the victorious side,” he said.