Assad Must Go Before Syria Can Change, Yildirim says


Assad must go before Syria can change, Yildirim says

Hale Turkes

ANKARA (AA): Prime Minister Binali Yildirim reiterated that Turkey’s Syrian policy will not change while Bashar al-Assad remains in power in comments broadcast Thursday.

In an interview with the BBC’s HARDtalk program, the prime minister reacted to speculation that Ankara was prepared to soften its stance on Assad leaving to bring the civil war to an end.

“Surely things need to change in Syria but first of all Assad should change,” he said in an interview in Turkey. “Unless Assad changes, nothing changes in Turkey. Assad has the main responsibility for turning things this way.”

Pressed by interviewer Zeinab Badawi on whether Assad could stay in power in the interim, Yildirim replied: Well, on one hand you have Assad and on the other you have Daesh. So which one do you prefer? Assad or Daesh?

“If you’re asking me which one, we won’t prefer any. Both have to go because it’s trouble for the Syrians.”

When asked if one should be prioritized over the other, Yildirim said destroying Daesh would not solve the situation in Syria.

“As long as Assad is there, the problem won’t be solved,” he said. “We’ll have some other terrorist organization coming up because it’s the attitude of the Syrian regime which created Daesh.

“It’s their method of rule in Syria which created that. They’re deliberately sending their people to death.”

Yildirim, who came to office in May, said more than 500,000 Syrians had been killed in the conflict, which began in March 2011, and more than 9 million displaced, 3 million of whom are in Turkey.

“We welcome them as our guests,” he said.


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Share post:




More like this

SC Notice to Centre on Plea for Law to Control ‘Population Explosion’

NEW DELHI - The Supreme Court on Monday issued notice...

Two Lawyers Write to AG Seeking Contempt against Kapil Sibal over Remarks on SC

NEW DELHI - Two lawyers have filed separate pleas with...

Nitish Kumar Foiled BJP’s ‘Eknath Shinde Plan’ in Bihar, Says JD-U leader

PATNA - While Janata Dal-United reached the stage where it...

HIROSHIMA AT 77: Another Hiroshima is Coming Unless We Stop It Now — John Pilger

John Pilger When I first went to Hiroshima in 1967,...