Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan accused May 25 Syrian President Bashar al-Assad of being involved in carrying out the deadly attacks in Reyhanlı that killed 51 two weeks ago, during his visit to the southern Hatay province town along the Syrian border.
“Those who live right next to us are not ordinary [people]. The ones who are trying to conserve their reign, to continue their dictatorship are disrupting our peace,” Erdoğan told the crowd, adding that his own government had established very close ties with Syria through a number of agreements. “However these agreements have been disregarded and the bonds of brotherhood between us have been trampled on. By whom? By the dictator al-Assad.”
Erdoğan also said the end of the Syrian regime was close. “God willing the opposition forces will topple this dictator. I am addressing to my brothers in Syria: God’s help will come soon.”