Turkey’s Erdogan calls Assad a terrorist, accuses him of murdering nearly 1 million Syrians

While in Tunisia for an official visit, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan condemned his Syrian counterpart, calling him a terrorist. “It’s impossible to continue with Assad,” he said. “How can we look to the future with a Syrian president who has murdered almost one million of his people?”
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During a press conference on Wednesday, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan called Syrian President Bashar al-Assad a terrorist and claimed that it will be impossible to continue the efforts to bring peace to Syria if he remains in power.

“Assad is a terrorist who carried out state terrorism,” said Erdogan while in Tunisia alongside his Tunisian counterpart Beji Caid Essebsi. “It’s impossible to continue with Assad. How can we look to the future with a Syrian president who has murdered almost one million of his people?”

Last month, Erdogan expressed different views during a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani in Sochi. While Erdogan accused the Syrian Army of murdering nearly one million civilians, he did not blame Assad for the crimes.



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