Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad overshadowed his legitimacy.
In a televised interview with the Al-Jazeera, Prime Minister Erdogan said, "when we came to the political power nine years ago, there was a 30-year resentment between Turkey and Syria. We made great efforts to improve relations with Syria with which we share 910 kilometres of border. We always proposed al-Assad to release political prisoners, make constitutional amendments and start multiparty system. Unfortunately, none of these reforms were made. I paid a visit to Aleppo earlier this year. I told al-Assad that we were ready to extend any kind of support. But, Syrian forces began killing defenseless people. Then, Syrian people began migrating into Turkey. We could not leave them there. Therefore, we kept doors for Syrian people. For the time being, around 8,000 Syrian people are living in temporary camps in Turkey."
"I sent my special envoy, my foreign minister to Syria to meet with al-Assad. Unfortunately, Syrian president has overshadowed his legitimacy. He is about to lose it. Political leaders are obliged to establish their future on the basis of justice, not on atrocity and blood. We advice all Middle Eastern countries to strengthen democracy, human rights and freedoms," he said.
When asked whether he still talked to President al-Assad on phone, Prime Minister Erdogan said, "I am not calling him any more. But if he calls me, I talk to him."
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