Al-Assad dismayed by Ankara’s stance

Al-Assad dismayed by Ankara’s stance

Al-Assad dismayed by Ankara’s stance

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has expressed frustration with Ankara’s stance on the recent developments in his country, but said he was committed to maintaining good relations with the Turkish people, a senior Turkish politician said Wednesday.

“The policies of the government obviously disappointed the Syrian leadership,” main opposition deputy

leader Faruk Loğoğlu told the Hürriyet Daily News after meeting with al-Assad in Damascus for an hour and a half on Tuesday.

Veteran diplomat Loğoğlu led a delegation from the Republican People’s Party, or CHP, on a trip to Syria

to get first-hand information about the current state of the Syrian people’s revolt against authoritarian leadership and al-Assad’s crackdown on dissidents. Nearly 2,000 people have reportedly been killed by security forces since mid- March when a massive uprising erupted with demands for more freedoms and rights, following similar movements in other Middle Eastern and North African countries. “The most

important part of the trip was our meeting with al-Assad,” Loğoğlu said, though he refused to give details about the delegation’s conversation with the defiant Syrian leader. He said that al-Assad informed them

about his plans for the future and what steps he will take.

Loğoğlu also said the Syrian leader accuses al-Qaeda, the Muslim Brotherhood, some Western countries and Israel of plotting against Syria. According to Loğoğlu’s observations, Syrians also see Turkey in the camp of the West, which has caused disappointment in the Damascus administration.Loğoğlu said al-Assad did not refer to this meeting but that he named certain Turkish figures who had deepened his frustration toward Turkey. Loğoğlu said he was planning to share some of his observations and information with the Foreign Ministry if CHP leader Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu approves of the idea. “I am of the opinion that these [reports] should be passed on to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs,” he said. The deputy leader will also prepare a report highlighting the delegation’s observations that will be shared with the public. “I always thought this trip should be a transparent one.” he added.


Wednesday, September 7, 2011
Serkan Demirtaş

Hurriyet Daily News