President Bashar al-Assad met with a Turkish delegation on Tuesday, saying the combating of terrorism requires people to pressure their governments to halt its support. The visiting Turkish delegation included political, economic and party figures representing various Turkish parties and establishments.
Real cooperation among countries is required to fight the scourge of terrorism, along with work to battle against the takfiri mentality that feeds this scourge, President Assad added.
Assad viewed the Turkish delegation’s visit as an indication that real relations between countries are built by the people and not the governments, claiming that governments may follow inward-looking and subversive policies that are not in its citizens' interests.
The Turkish government under Recep Tayyip Erdogan is providing support to extremist and takfiri forces “to win the favor of his masters” through implementing their plots, President Assad said.
Members of the Turkish delegation, headed by Dogu Perincek, leader of the Turkish Nationalist Land Party, said what Syria is achieving in terms of combating terrorism is the primary factor in warding off the dangers targeting the region.
Syria, they added, has provided lessons in steadfastness to the whole region, and the world, through its army’s sacrifices and its people’s resilience and adherence to their land and unity.