Mikdad: Turkish aggression blatant display of belligerence

Damascus, SANA-Deputy Foreign and Expatriates Minister Dr. Fayssal Mikdad issued a blistering condemnation of the new Turkish aggression against the Syrian land, describing it as “a blatant display of belligerence”.

Turkish forces swept into the Syrian territory overnight and relocated the tomb of Suleyman Shah from the northeastern Raqqa province where it existed in a “suspicious” act that reveals the Turkish government’s close connection with terrorist organizations operating in the area.

Speaking by phone to al-Mayadeen TV channel, Mikdad said that the aggression is “a blatant act that pulls the mask off the real face of the Turkish leadership which has been mounting one aggression after another against Syria.”

The aggression is believed to cast a shadow on the “good relations” that once bound the Syrian and Turkish peoples, Mikdad lamented, indicating that it comes at the expense of the Syrian sovereignty and land.

Mikdad noted that the close relation binding the Turkish regime and ISIS terror organization had emboldened the former to launch this “blatant and unacceptable” aggression, vowing that Syria will handle it in the appropriate way and when it sees fit.

“Turkey has to face the consequences,” he added, accusing the Turkish government of falsifying history and twisting facts.

Commenting on a statement made by Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davuloglu, which he said has his hands stained in the Syrians’ blood, Mikdad said that it reflects the Turkish anti-Syria policies, most notably the agreement between the US and Turkish governments whose aim is to prolong the Syrian crisis.

Mikdad cited various examples illustrating Turkey’s close collaboration with terror organizations, including ISIS, making special reference for ISIS smoothly repatriating Turkish diplomats kidnapped when the terror group overtook Mosul, Iraq’s second largest city.

He questioned Turkey’s commitment to fighting terrorism at a time when it maintains contacts with terrorist organizations such as ISIS.

“How is it possible that Turkey can manage to get that number of terrorists and military vehicles inside Syria without cooperation with ISIS?,” Mikdad asked.

He said that Syria would like to bring this new aggression, with all its connotations, to the attention international public opinion, EU and the US administration which is engaged in double-dealing by posing as an anti-terrorism force while at the same time cooperating with the Turkish government which works in cahoots with ISIS.

Mikdad concluded by indicating that Syria is weighing all options for the Turkish government to be held to account.

Manal Ismael

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