If Syria’s Bashar al-Assad had listened to Turkey, Syrian city of Aleppo could have prospered like Iraq’s Erbil city in Kurdish Regional Government, Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said Tuesday.
Davutoglu made the remarks at a parliamentary group meeting of his Justice and Development (AK) Party.
"It is our dream to have an economically integrated Middle East as a whole," he said.
The prime minister said Syria could have been enjoying economic prosperity if it were not for the oppression of the Assad regime.
The premier also spoke about his landmark visit to Iraq last week.
He said Erbil, the capital of the Kurdish Regional Government in Iraq, resembled a Turkish city because its streets were full of Turkish companies’ signboards.
"If Assad had listened to us, Aleppo would have been like that, in welfare, not in ruins," Davutoglu said.
The premier said if Assad had not waged a war against his own people, Syria would have had high-speed trains, not refugees that shuttle between Aleppo and Turkey's southern border province Gaziantep.
He hoped Aleppo would be free from atrocities of civil war soon, and Syria would stand up on its feet one day again.
Turkey is in talks with the Iraqi central government and the Kurdish regional government -- both suffering from ISIL attacks -- to strengthen bilateral political and economic ties.
Turkish and Iraqi ministers will gather in Ankara on Dec. 24 and 25 on the sidelines of the second meeting of Turkey-Iraq High Level Strategic Cooperation Council, which was set up in 2009.
Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi will lead a delegation of his ministers to the council during the visit to Turkey.
AALast Mod: 25 Kasım 2014, 16:31