" First of all, if you want to be very transparent, ISIS was created under the supervision of the United States, whether in Iraq in 2006; before it was ISIS, it was IS, Islamic State, it was in Iraq only, restricted to Iraq. Then when the conflict started in Syria, it became ISIS, of Syria and Iraq, and later Turkey sponsored this State, because they used to use the Syrian oil fields in order to export and to get money and to recruit more fighters, and Turkey was directly involved in the smuggling of oil, with the involvement and complicity of Erdogan himself with ISIS. So, we cannot expect to have genuine fight against ISIS by Turkey or the United States, and the recent, more stark example is the attack on Palmyra a few weeks ago, when they could retake Palmyra under the supervision of the Americans, under the surveillance of the American drones; they came through the desert and they occupied Palmyra. Today, we are talking, and ISIS has been attacking Deir Ezzor in the eastern part of Syria, and the Americans did nothing to stop ISIS. This is where the so-called international alliance against terrorism has been working for more than one year and a half now, and they achieved nothing, because they are not serious. For Turkey, Erdogan is Muslim Brotherhood, he’s instinctively and innately sympathetic and linked and close and adhered to the ISIS and to Al Qaeda because they have the same ideology, he cannot be away from them. He tries to do some maneuvers, to show that he’s against those terrorists, ISIS and al-Nusra, but actually on daily basis he supports those organizations, and without his support, they cannot survive."

From President Assad's  interview to the Japanese TBS TV, January 20, 2017.

 

"Of course not. You’re talking about sick person; he’s megalomaniac President, he is not stable. He lives during the Ottoman era, he doesn’t live in the current time. He’s out of touch with the reality…It’s our right to defend it; it’s invasion. It’s our right to defend our country against any kind of invasion. But let’s be realistic, every terrorist came to Syria, he came through Turkey with the support of Erdogan. So, fighting those terrorists is like fighting the army of Erdogan, not the Turkish army, the army of Erdogan."

From President Assad RTP TV Interview, December 14, 2016

 

 

 

"The advantage that Aleppo enjoys for the terrorists and their supporters is that it is close to Turkey, and consequently logistic supplies to Aleppo are much easier from all aspects. So, they concentrated on Aleppo during the last two years, and that’s why liberating Aleppo from the terrorists deals a blow to the whole foundation of the project, Damascus, Homs, and Aleppo. That way the terrorists and the countries supporting them are deprived of any real cards."

President Assad's Interview with Al-Watan Daily, December 7, 2016.

 "That is in the strategic sense. But since the Turkish project is based on Aleppo, this gives it special importance. We all know today that all Western and regional states rely on Turkey in implementing their incendiary and destructive project in Syria and in supporting the terrorists. Because Turkey has thrown all its weight, and Erdogan laid all his bets on Aleppo, the failure of their battle in Aleppo means a total transformation of the course of the war throughout Syria, and consequently the collapse of the outside project, be it regional or Western. For that reason, it is true that the battle of Aleppo will be a gain, but to be realistic, it doesn’t mean the end of the war in Syria. It is a significant landmark towards the end of the battle, but the war in Syria will not end until terrorism is eliminated. Terrorists are there in other areas; so even if we finish in Aleppo, we will carry on with the war against them."

President Assad's Interview with Al-Watan Daily, December 7, 2016.

"We still have hope, despite the fact that you often know you will not reach any result, particularly through my personal knowledge of Erdogan. He is not a political person, but rather an ideological person in the perverted religious sense. Such persons are obstinate and cannot read reality correctly. Events during the past five years have proven this, but even when there’s no hope that Erdogan will change, you should maintain a glimmer of hope that someone might be able to change him, whether from inside or outside Turkey, particularly Russia, for Russia is in the end a superpower and has borders with Turkey, and Turkey has interests with Russia. There is no doubt that when relations between the two countries were upset, that weakened Erdogan inside Turkey and proved the failure of his policy. I believe that there is domestic pressure on Erdogan to correct his relationship with Russia. And Russia will certainly take advantage of this in order to convince him to abandon terrorism."

President Assad's Interview with Al-Watan Daily, December 7, 2016.

 

 

"It’s our right to defend it; it’s invasion. It’s our right to defend our country against any kind of invasion. But let’s be realistic, every terrorist came to Syria, he came through Turkey with the support of Erdogan. So, fighting those terrorists is like fighting the army of Erdogan, not the Turkish army, the army of Erdogan."

From President Assad's  RTP Portuguese TV Interview, November 16, 2016

 

"In Syria, from Syria to Turkey, under the supervision of their satellites and drones, without doing anything, till the Russians intervened and started attacking ISIS convoys and ISIS positions and strongholds. This is where ISIS started to shrink. So, the West gave the greenlight to those countries like Turkey, Saudi Arabia, and Qatar, and actually those countries, those governments are puppets; puppets to the West, puppets to the United States, they work as puppets, and the terrorists in Syria are their proxy, the proxy of those countries and proxy of the West and the United States."

From President Assad's the Serbian Politika Interview, November 3, 2016

"In partnership between ISIS and Turkey. Part of the money goes to ISIS because this is how they can make recruitment and pay salaries to their fighters. That’s why ISIS was growing before the Russian intervention, it was expanding in Syria and in Iraq. And part of the money is going to the Turkish government officials, mainly Erdogan himself and his family."

From President Assad's the Serbian Politika Interview, November 3, 2016

 

"We are talking about two parties, we’re taking into consideration that these two parties, again, they don’t see eye-to-eye, they are in different positions; Russia bases its policy on the international law, respecting the sovereignty of other states, and understanding the repercussions of the terrorism prevailing anywhere in the world, while the other party, the Turkish party, bases his policy on the ideology of Muslim Brotherhood; they don’t respect the sovereignty of Syria, and they supported the terrorists. So, you can see there’s polarization, each one is in the exactly or completely the opposite side. So, through this rapprochement, let’s say, between Russia and Turkey, the only hope that we have as Syria is that Russia can make some changes in the Turkish policy. This is our hope, and I’m sure that this is the first goal of the Russian diplomacy toward Turkey these days; in order to decrease the damage of the messing-up with the Syrian territory by the Turkish government. I hope they can convince them that they have to stop supporting terrorists, stop allowing the flow of terrorists and money for those terrorists through their borders."

From President Assad’s  Komsomolskaya Pravda Interview, October 13, 2016

''Such a coup d’état, we have to look at it as a reflection of instability and disturbances within Turkey, mainly on the social level. It could be political, it could be whatever, but at the end, the society is the main issue when you have instability. Regardless of who is going to govern Turkey, who is going to be the president, who is going to be the leader of Turkey; this is an internal issue. We don’t interfere, we don’t make the mistake to say that Erdogan should go or should stay. This is a Turkish issue, and the Turkish people have to decide. But what is more important than the coup d’état itself, we have to look at the procedures and the steps that are being taken by Erdogan and his coterie recently during the last few days, when they started attacking the judges; they removed more than 2,700 judges from their positions, more than 1,500 professors in the universities, more than 15,000 employees in the education sector. What do the universities and the judges and that civil society have to do with the coup d’état? So, that reflects the bad intentions of Erdogan and his misconduct and his real intentions toward what happened, because the investigation hasn’t been finalized yet. How did they take the decision to remove all those? So, he used the coup d’état in order to implement his own extremist agenda, Muslim Brotherhood agenda, within Turkey, and that is dangerous for Turkey and for the neighboring countries, including Syria.''

From H.E. President Al-Assad’s interview with Cuba’s Prensa Latina. July 21, 2016.

 

 “Erdogan’s fascist regime has been concentrating on Aleppo because it is his last hope to achieve his brotherhood project. However, Aleppo will be the grave where the dreams of this butcher will be buried.”

From President Assad's Parliament Speech, June 7, 2016

 

"It’s about preventing other countries, especially Turkey, from sending more recruits, more terrorists, more armaments, or any kind of logistical support to those terrorists, and you know there’s a United Nations resolution, or Security Council resolution, regarding this point that’s not implemented."

From President Assad's Interview with Spanish El Pais Newspaper, February 21, 2016.

 

"That is the aim of the battles in Aleppo now, and we succeeded recently, we could close the main roads. Of course, it’s not a complete seal, let’s say, between Aleppo and Turkey, but it makes the relation between Turkey and the terrorists much more difficult. That’s why Turkey is shelling the Kurds recently, for that reason."

From President Assad's Interview with Spanish El Pais Newspaper, February 21, 2016.

 

"Mainly the support. They’ve been sent. It’s active, not passive, it’s actually active from the outside. Saudi Arabia is the main financer of those terrorists. They put them in airplanes, send them to Turkey, and through Turkey to Syria. The other attractive factor is the chaos; when you have chaos, this is very fertile soil for the terrorists. The third factor, the ideology, because they belong to Al Qaeda, this area, in our religious culture, in the Islamic culture, has a special place after Mecca and the other holy places and Jerusalem, they think that this is where they can come and create their own state."

From President Assad's Interview with Spanish El Pais Newspaper, February 21, 2016.

 

 

"The question is: for how many years will Turkey and Saudi Arabia continue to support terrorism. That is the question. And when will the West put pressure on these countries to stop supporting terrorism."

From H.E. President Assad's AFP Interview, February 12, 2016.

 

"Logically, intervention is not possible, but sometimes reality is at odds with logic, particularly when there are irrational people leading a certain state. That’s why I don’t rule that out for a simple reason: Erdogan is a fanatical person with Muslim Brotherhood inclinations. He is living the Ottoman dream. For him, the collapse which took place in Tunisia, Libya, Egypt and Syria is something personal. This threatens his political future, on the one hand, and his fanatical Islamist ambitions, on the other. He believes that he has an Islamist mission in our region. The same applies to Saudi Arabia. The collapse of the terrorists in Syria is a collapse of their policies. I tell you that this process is surely not going to be easy for them, and we will certainly confront it."

From H.E. President Assad's AFP Interview, February 12, 2016.

 

''Of course, this- Turkey- is the logistical key. Of course, Saudi Arabia is the other key, with their money and their ideology.''

From H.E. President Assad's Dutch NPO2 TV Interview, December 17, 2015.

 

''Erdogan is a Muslim Brotherhood ideological person, so he cannot go against his ideology. He’s not a pragmatic man who thinks about the interests of his country. He’s working against the interests of his country for the sake of his ideology, whether it’s realistic or not. So we don’t expect Erdogan to change in that way.''

From H.E.'s Spanish News Agency  EFE Interview, December 11, 2015.

 

''Since the Russian military participation in Syria regarding fighting against the terrorists’ organizations, the situation on the ground has changed in a positive way, and for Erdogan, that would bring his ambitions to failure, and if Erdogan failed in Syria, as he looked at it, that would be his political demise; it is like sounding the death knell of his political future, his ambitions to make Turkey the hub for the Brotherhood in the region by having a Brotherhood government and having following or satellite Brotherhood governments around the world. He thinks the last bastion of his dream is Syria. If he failed in Syria, as he failed in Egypt and as he failed in other places, he will think that this is the end of his career. So, his reaction was an unwise reaction but reflected not his way of thinking, but actually his instinct, his visceral instinct towards the Russian issue. This is the first part of the shooting. The second one, he thought the NATO would help him, and he would bring the NATO to conflict with Russia and the result would be more complicated situation in Syria on the ground, and may be his dream of having a no-fly zone where he can send those terrorists to Syria and they can use them as another state in front of the legitimate state here in Syria. That was his ambition, his way of thinking, as we think, and his plan in Syria.''

From H.E.'s Spanish News Agency  EFE Interview, December 11, 2015.

 

"I think it has shown the relentlessness of Erdogan who let us say lost his nerves just because the Russian intervention has changed the balance on the ground. So, the failure of Erdogan in Syria, the failure of his terrorist groups means his political demise, so he wanted to do anything in order to put obstacles in front of any success. So, he did it, but I do not think it will change any balance. The war against terrorism is continuing. The Russian supportive participation is going to be stronger, it is strong anyway, and I think there is no way back on that regard, whether he does it again, this way or another way."

From H.E. President Assad's  interview with the Czech TV, December 1, 2015

"Actually, if I want to talk about terrorism in general not only about ISIS. We have to work on more than one axis and find a multi-aspect solution. Part of it is related to ideology and part of it is related to economy, to the political stances and political cooperation; and the last thing is security cooperation and fighting directly. Because of the situation that we are in now, there is no way but to fight them directly. But this is not enough. If you want to fight and defeat them you have to cut and suffocate their supplies, armaments, money and recruits that are coming mainly through Turkey, and with the support of the Saudis and Qataris, this is the first step you take while you are attacking them on the ground. The problem now is that we are fighting the terrorists but they have unlimited supplies, unwarranted supplies from different countries, mainly regional countries, with the support or overlooking of the West, some of the western countries to be precise."

From H.E. President Assad's  interview with the Czech TV, December 1, 2015

"No, they don’t. So far, they don’t. They are like a foreign body in our country. But because of the fear, because of the oppression, because of the killing, they could take some areas. But actually, their force is coming from Turkey with the personal support of Erdogan and Davutoglu."

From President Al-Assad's Interview with the Chinese PHOENIX” TV, November 22, 2015

"Mainly through Turkey, both money and oil selling, money coming through Qatar and Saudi Arabia. And of course, the Turkish government itself, and the oil goes from Syria to Turkey because anyway most of the oil fields are closer to Turkey and closer to Iraq. They cannot sell through Iraq, because the Iraqi government has been fighting ISIS, while the Turkish government has been supporting ISIS. So, this is the only lifeline to ISIS, through Turkey."

From President Al-Assad's Interview with the Chinese PHOENIX” TV, November 22, 2015

 "Because the current President of Turkey, who was Prime Minister at that time, he’s Muslim Brotherhood in his heart, so when he saw that the Muslim Brotherhood took over in Tunisia and later in Libya then in Egypt, he thought that he could revive the Ottoman empire in the Arab world, but not under the Ottoman name; under the Islamic name. So he thought that he could rule the world. The only obstacle was Syria. That’s why, for him as an ideological person, he forgot about everything, every plan we put in order to have good relations, prosperity, and so on, and he put his ideology first. So, for him, the Muslim Brotherhood should take over in Syria and he will be the “Imam” of the Muslim Brotherhood in this region."

From President Al-Assad's Interview with the Chinese PHOENIX” TV, November 22, 2015

"In Turkey you have 70 million or more than 70 millions, and many of them are against Erdogan, many of them they understand what is happening in Syria, and they understand that if there’s fire in Syria, the fire will burn Turkey later."

From President Al-Assad's Interview with the Chinese PHOENIX” TV, November 22, 2015

 

"The most dangerous role, in the whole situation, because Turkey offered all kinds of support to those terrorists, and all the spectrums of the terrorists. Some countries support al-Nusra Front, which is Al Qaeda, some other countries support ISIS, while Turkey supports both, and other groups at the same time. They support them with, how to say, human resources, they recruit. They support them with money, logistics, armaments, surveillance, information, and even the maneuvers of their military through their borders during the fights in Syria. Even the money that’s being collected from the rest of the world passes through Turkey, and the oil that ISIS sells is through Turkey, so Turkey is playing the worst part of our crisis. Second, that’s related directly to Erdogan himself and Davutoglu, because they both reflect the real ideology that they carry in their hearts, which is the Muslim Brotherhood ideology."

From President Assad's interview with the French Magazine Valeurs Actuelles, November 19, 2015.

" Not necessarily to be organized, but the mentality, a hundred percent. He cares a lot about politicized Islam which is the opportunistic part of Islam which is not Islam actually. That’s how we look at it, because you shouldn’t politicize religion. So, it’s related directly to him, to his will to see the Muslim Brotherhood governing in the rest of the Arab world so that he can control them as a sultan, but actually more as an imam, not a sultan. That is what Turkey is playing."

From President Assad's interview with the French Magazine Valeurs Actuelles, November 19, 2015.


"As to Erdogan, he is responsible for creating chasms inside his own society, inside Turkey itself. Turkey was stable for many years, but with his divisive language, and his talk about sedition and discrimination between its different components, neither he nor Davutoglu are entitled to give advice to any country or any people in the world." This is the truth, simply and clearly.

From H.E. President Al-Assad's Interview with the Iranian Khabar TV, October 4, 2015.

''To say that the border with Turkey should be free of terrorism means that terrorism is allowed in other regions. That is unacceptable. Terrorism should be eradicated everywhere; and we have been calling for three decades for an international coalition to fight terrorism. But as for Western cooperation with the al-Nusra Front, this is reality, because we know that Turkey supports al-Nusra and ISIS by providing them with arms, money and terrorist volunteers. And it is well-known that Turkey has close relations with the West. Erdogan and Davutoglu cannot make a single move without coordinating first with the United States and other Western countries. Al-Nusra and ISIS operate with such a force in the region under Western cover, because Western states have always believed that terrorism is a card they can pull from their pocket and use from time to time. Now, they want to use al-Nusra just against ISIS, maybe because ISIS is out of control one way or another. But that doesn’t mean they want to eradicate ISIS. Had they wanted to do so, they would have been able to do that. For us, ISIS, al-Nusra, and all similar organizations which carry weapons and kill civilians are extremist organizations.''

From H.E. President Al-Assad's Russian Media Interview, September 16, 2015.

" Turkey-- let's say it's about Erdogan. His Muslim Brotherhood fanatics. It doesn't mean that he is a member. But he's a fanatic.-Is a Muslim Brotherhood fanatic. And he's somebody who's suffering from political megalomania. And that he thinks that he is becoming the sultan of the new era of the 21st century. He doesn't only ignore the terrorists from coming to Syria. He support them, logistically and militarily. Directly. On daily basis.

From H.E. President Assad's CBS interview, March 29, 2015

 

"Going back to the Western media, in the Western media, and the American media in particular, they say 80% of the terrorists are coming from Turkey. You have another realistic one, what you called in your media Kobani which is called Ayn al-Arab. It took four months to be liberated, in spite of the attack of the alliance. Why? Actually, a similar city, the same size, and the same terrain, it took the Syrian Army two to three weeks. Why? Because it was supported logistically through Turkey on the border. They send them everything, armaments, all kinds of support. The recent event when Turkey-"

From H.E. President Al-Assad's interview  to the Portuguese RTP, March 4, 2015.

 

"If they don’t have external support, and supply and recruitment of new terrorists within Syria, there will be no problem defeating them. Even today we don’t have a problem militarily. The problem is that they still have this continuous supply, mainly from Turkey."

From H.E. President Assad Foreign Affairs Magazine interview, January 26th, 2015.

"Exactly, logistically, and about terrorist financing from Saudi Arabia and Qatar but through Turkey."

From H.E. President Assad Foreign Affairs Magazine interview, January 26th, 2015.

"Exactly, because he- Erdogan- belongs to the Muslim Brotherhood ideology, which is the base of al Qaeda because it was the first political Islamic organization that promoted violent political Islam in the early 20th century. He belongs strongly and is a staunch believer in these values, he’s very fanatical, and that’s why he still supports ISIS. He is personally responsible for what happened."

From H.E. President Assad Foreign Affairs Magazine interview, January 26th, 2015.

 "There are always mistakes. Let’s be honest: had Qatar not paid money to those terrorists at that time, and had Turkey not supported them logistically, and had not the West supported them politically, things would have been different."

From H.E. President Al-Assad's interview with the French 'Paris Match Magazine, December 4, 2014.

"Now we are fighting states, not only gangs. Billions of dollars are spent on those gangs. They receive arms from different countries, including Turkey."

From H.E. President Al-Assad's interview with the French 'Paris Match Magazine, December 4, 2014.

"But we are the ones fighting the battles against ISIS on the ground, and we haven’t felt any change, particularly that Turkey is still extending direct support to ISIS in those regions."

From H.E. President Al-Assad's interview with the French 'Paris Match Magazine, December 4, 2014.

 

"Turkey is still providing the terrorists with logistic support and facilitating their movement and entry to Syria,''

From H.E. President Al-Assad’s interview with Tishreen Paper October , 6,2013

"In the near future, these terrorists will have an impact on Turkey and Turkey will pay a heavy price for it." 

From H.E. President Al-Assad’s interview with Turkish Halk TV and Yurt paper October,4,2013

“The AK Party will not succeed in its efforts to alienate the people of Turkey from the people of Syria. I mean, once the people of Turkey understand what is really happening in Syria, relations will be stronger than before. … We have to differentiate between [Turkish] rulers and people, particularly Erdoğan, Davutoğlu and those around them. Ties should not deteriorate due to their mistakes,”

From H.E. President Al-Assad’s interview with Turkish Halk TV and Yurt paper October,4,2013

“The AK Party will not succeed in its efforts to alienate the people of Turkey from the people of Syria. I mean, once the people of Turkey understand what is really happening in Syria, relations will be stronger than before. … We have to differentiate between [Turkish] rulers and people, particularly Erdoğan, Davutoğlu and those around them. Ties should not deteriorate due to their mistakes,”

From H.E. President Al-Assad’s interview with Turkish Halk TV and Yurt paper October,4,2013

"Primarily Saudi Arabia, followed by Turkey and Jordan by streaming the militants into Syria, as well as France, America and Britain."

From President Al-Assad's Le Figaro Interview September 3 2013

"The countries that support the terrorists have not changed; they are still supporting terrorism to the same extent. Turkey also has not made any positive steps. As for Qatar, their role is also the same, the role of the funder - the bank funding the terrorists and supporting them through Turkey. So, overall, no change. As for the Arab League, in Syria we have never pinned our hopes on the Arab League. Even in the past decades, we were barely able to dismantle the mines set for us in the different meetings, whether in the summits or in meetings of the foreign ministers. So in light of this and its recent actions, can we really expect it to play a role? We are open to everybody, we never close our doors. But we should also be realistic and face the truth that they are unable to offer anything, particularly since a significant number of the Arab states are not independent. They receive their orders from the outside. Some of them are sympathetic to us in their hearts, but they cannot act on their feelings because they are not in possession of their decisions. So, no, we do not pin any hopes on the Arab League."

From H.E. President Bashar Al-Assad ‘s Interview with Al-Manar TV, May 30,2013.

"Turkey officially harbors these terrorists and sends them into Syria. Some terrorists enter Syria through Jordan and it is not clear whether that is intentional or not. As long as these terrorists continue to be smuggled into the country, we will continue to fight against them - this is only normal. It is actually a war in every sense of the word. These are not merely separate and dispersed security incidents. Terrorists are entering Syria in their thousands, and maybe in tens of thousands, it is difficult to set a precise figure. So, it is quite realistic to hear the sound of battles in many Syrian regions."

From H.E. President Al-Assad's Interview with the Turkish TV channel Ulusal Kanal and Aydinlik Newspaper, April 6, 2013.

 "It seems that Erdogan misunderstood our position; he understood that the brotherly relations between Syria and Turkey allow him to interfere in internal Syrian affairs with the objective of overthrowing the Syrian state. But the situation was clear to me from the very early days."

From H.E. President Al-Assad's Interview with the Turkish TV channel Ulusal Kanal and Aydinlik Newspaper, April 6, 2013.

" the Turkish people are a brotherly people. Thirdly, this is what Erodgan wants; he wants to create a conflict between the peoples of Syria and Turkey, in order for him to get popular support for his policies and restore some of his popularity. We will not fall into this trap for both considerations of principle and because our interest lies with the Turkish people. A conflict between our two peoples will not be in the interest of either Syria or Turkey; it will only make things more complicated. What we have done in the past 10 or 12 years since President Cezar visited Syria in 2000 was to annihilate the bad history between the Arabs and the Turks. Now Erdogan is trying to jeopardize it. We will not commit any act against the Turkish people."

From H.E. President Al-Assad's Interview with the Turkish TV channel Ulusal Kanal and Aydinlik Newspaper, April 6, 2013.

"As for the Turkish intelligence services, up until this point, we have not captured any member of the Turkish intelligence services or the Turkish army. This doesn’t mean that they are not involved; the intelligence services are providing support from outside Syria. They provide all the training, the equipment, the communications and other forms of political and media support as required. From the confessions of many terrorists, we know that there are individuals in Turkey who are involved, but the basic principle of this involvement lies in the policy adopted by the current Turkish government. The fact that there are no intelligence personnel on the ground does not mean they are not involved."

From H.E. President Al-Assad's Interview with the Turkish TV channel Ulusal Kanal and Aydinlik Newspaper, April 6, 2013.

"In the way he speaks, he does not embody the high moral standards of the Turkish people, which I witnessed all too clearly during my visits to Turkey. I, on the other hand, have learned from the high moral standards of the Syrian people, and hence I do not feel the need to respond."

From H.E. President Al-Assad's Interview with the Turkish TV channel Ulusal Kanal and Aydinlik Newspaper, April 6, 2013.

"As to the bridges, my relationship with Erdogan was meant to be reflected on the Syrian-Turkish relations. But when the Prime Minister, his government, or members of his government are involved in the bloodshed in Syria, these bridges have no place, neither between us, nor between them and the Syrian people who have no respect for them at all."

From H.E. President Al-Assad's Interview with the Turkish TV channel Ulusal Kanal and Aydinlik Newspaper, April 6, 2013.

"This is what I meant when I said that in this age we need to unify. This doesn’t mean becoming a single state in the same way that old states existed in the past, in large extended empires. Today we can unify through our interests at least. For instance, we can build railways, different forms of land transport, gas, oil, electricity, all forms of energy, hence creating networks between our countries in this extremely strategic region of the world which lies between the five seas. This in itself will bring a lot of investment into the region, creating a great deal of prosperity and making these states and their peoples strong enough to face any foreign intervention."

From H.E. President Al-Assad's Interview with the Turkish TV channel Ulusal Kanal and Aydinlik Newspaper, April 6, 2013.

"This vision needs will and independent decision-making, especially since many western states have no interest in the creation of such projects in the Middle East. This also needs security and stability. I don’t believe that the right conditions exist now for such a project, because there are problems in Syria, in Lebanon, unrest in Iraq, most of which are a result of western intervention; there is a government in Turkey, which I don’t consider to be independent or to have such a vision, and Turkey is essential for this project due to its strategic position. This doesn’t mean that we should cancel this project. It should remain in our minds, because the future of this region depends on grand projects like this. If we each remain confined within our national borders, we will be considered small on a global scale, even large countries such as Turkey and Iran. We cannot be powerful unless we create such strategic trans-border projects."

From H.E. President Al-Assad's Interview with the Turkish TV channel Ulusal Kanal and Aydinlik Newspaper, April 6, 2013.

"This is in keeping with the norm. Because what happens within Turkey as both a neighboring and large country with its strategic position, will reflect directly on what happens inside Syria. At the same time there are so many similarities: the nature of the people, their emotions and the makeup of the social fabric in Turkey are very similar to those in Syria. So again, what happens in Turkey will have an impact on Syria. That’s why we believe that stability in Turkey is in our best interest, and vice versa, if you have turbulences, we will be affected. The challenge is how to convince the Turkish officials in the current government, particularly the Prime Minister that the fire in Syria will burn in Turkey. Unfortunately, he doesn't see this reality."

From H.E. President Al-Assad's Interview with the Turkish TV channel Ulusal Kanal and Aydinlik Newspaper, April 6, 2013.

"We are now at a crucial juncture in history. By this I mean Syria, Turkey and the whole region. Even though some of the changes happening in our region have some spontaneous elements they also contain many externally planned elements with the objective of controlling this region. What is happening now is essentially similar to what happened a hundred years ago in terms of re-dividing the region. But a hundred years ago, we accepted the division as it was drawn by Sykes and Picot when they drew the borders for you, for us and for others in this region. This time, however, we shouldn’t accept any redrawing of the region except in accordance with decisions suitable to us as peoples living in this region. We should be the people who take the decision. Unfortunately, this vision is lacking for many of the governments which accepted to act in accordance with foreign diktats, or at least to please western countries in particular."

From H.E. President Al-Assad's Interview with the Turkish TV channel Ulusal Kanal and Aydinlik Newspaper, April 6, 2013.

"That’s why we see in the past two years, there have been many attempts to destroy the relationship between the Turkish and Syrian peoples. I want to say that what we have started twelve years ago with President Cezar should continue under all circumstances, by this I mean the Turkish-Arab brotherhood. This cannot be achieved if Syrian-Turkish relations are not good, because, along with Iraq, we are the closest Arab country to Turkey. So we should continue to move in this direction and as I said prosperity in any country will be reflected on the other. By the same token, fire in either country will also spill over into the other. Governments come and go, they do not stay forever. That’s why we shouldn’t allow governments and officials, especially foolish and inexperienced officials, to undermine this relationship which should be built by us and not by any foreign power. This is my message to the Turkish people and once again I am happy to receive you today."

From H.E. President Al-Assad's Interview with the Turkish TV channel Ulusal Kanal and Aydinlik Newspaper, April 6, 2013.

"Let’s be precise once again. The problem is not between me and the people; I do not have a problem with the people because the United States is against me and the West is against me and many other Arab countries, including Turkey which is not Arab of course, are against me. If the Syrian people are against me, how can I be here?!"

From H.E. President Bashar Al-Assad's RT TV Interview , November 9 , 2012

"You can only have a better situation on the border when you have good relations with your neighbor and this is something we do not have at least with Turkey now. Turkey supports more than any other country the smuggling of terrorists and armaments."

From H.E. President Bashar Al-Assad's RT TV Interview , November 9 , 2012

"Rationally, no I do not think so – for two reasons. The war needs public support and the majority of the Turkish people do not need this war. So, I do not think any rational official would think of going against the will of the public in his country and the same for the Syrian people. So, the conflict or difference is not between the Turkish people and the Syrian people; it is about the government and officials, it is between our officials and their officials because of their politics. So, I do not see any war between Syria and Turkey on the horizon."

From H.E. President Bashar Al-Assad's RT TV Interview , November 9 , 2012

"In order to find the answer, you need a joint committee between the two armies in order to know who shells who because on the borders you have a lot of terrorists who have mortars; so, they can do the same. You have to go and investigate the bomb in that place itself and that did not happen. We asked the Turkish government to have this committee but they refused; so, you cannot have the answer. But when you have these terrorists on your borders, you do not exclude them from doing so because the Syrian army does not have any order to shell the Turkish land because we do not find any interest in this, and we do not have any enmity with the Turkish people. We consider them as brothers, so why do it; unless that happened by mistake, then it needs investigation."

From H.E. President Bashar Al-Assad's RT TV Interview , November 9 , 2012

"Not Turkey, but only Erdogan’s government in order to be precise. Turkish people need good relations with the Syrian people. Erdogan thinks that if Muslim Brotherhood takes over in the region and especially in Syria, he can guarantee his political future, this is one reason. The other reason, he personally thinks that he is the new sultan of the Ottoman and he can control the region as it was during the Ottoman Empire under a new umbrella. In his heart he thinks he is a caliph. These are the main two reasons for him to shift his policy from zero problems to zero friends."

From H.E. President Bashar Al-Assad's RT TV Interview , November 9 , 2012

" so far what we know is that they are offering the know-how support for the terrorists through Turkey and sometimes through Lebanon mainly." 

From H.E. President Bashar Al-Assad's RT TV Interview , November 9 , 2012

"As for Turkey for example; the position of the Turkish state is known, and it assumes direct responsibility for the blood that bled and was shed in Syria. But when we began developing our relation with Turkey, we didn't look for a relation with individuals or a transient government; rather we looked to a history of tense and turbulent relation for nearly nine decades approximately. We wanted to erase it, then do we go backwards because of the ignorance of some Turkish officials, or do we look at the relation with the Turkish people, particularly since this people practically stood with us during this crisis and didn't drift despite the media and financial pressure to go in the other direction. We must think first of peoples, because governments are transient and we must preserve relations with the peoples because these people are the ones who will practically protect us, as logistic supply will remain weak if the people don’t embrace the issue"

From H.E. President Bashar Al-Assad's Addounia TV Interview , August 29 , 2012

"Those countries announce publicly that they support those terrorists, mainly the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Saudi Arabia, and his counterpart in Qatar. They announce publicly that they support them. This is regarding the armaments. Turkey, I think offers logistic support for smuggling."

From H.E. President Bashar Al-Assad's German TV (ARD Network) Interview , July , 2012

"So, in answer to your question, I would like to say that we will continue to work hard in Syria so that things do not reach the stage of confrontation. This confrontation is a losing one for Syria and for Turkey. Nevertheless, I think that this is happening only on the government level. On the popular level, the Turkish people are intelligent and fully aware of what is going on and will not allow – as we will not – things to lead to confrontation. The Turkish people know that this Turkish government wants to drag it to a confrontation for private interests, not for national interests."

From H.E. President Bashar Al-Assad's Cumhuriyet Interview , July 3, 2012

 "The worst two stages in the Syrian-Turkish relations were in 1998 when Turkey deployed its army, and in the 1950s – I believe in 1955 – during the days of the Baghdad Alliance. Nevertheless, we have never looked at Turkey as an enemy. So it is self-evident that neither today nor in the future shall we look at Turkey as an enemy, even when we have differences with the governments. For animosity to exist between Syria and Turkey, that animosity should exist at the popular level, not at the government level. That’s why there’s no Syrian deployment against Turkey."

From H.E. President Bashar Al-Assad's Cumhuriyet Interview , July 3, 2012

"This is a hypothetical question, but we do not want things to move in that direction between Syria and Turkey. When they target anything inside Syrian borders, this is an aggression against Syria."

From H.E. President Bashar Al-Assad's Cumhuriyet Interview , July 3, 2012

"Look at Syria’s relations with other countries and you’ll find that our relations with Iraq, Iran, Jordan and other countries have not changed and remained the same. On the other hand, you can see that Turkey’s relations with most countries of the region, not only with Syria, have changed. As far as we are concerned, what changed on the Turkish side is that in the first stage of the crisis, Turkey transgressed against the brotherly relations with Syria and started to interfere directly in Syrian affairs, which is absolutely unacceptable for us in Syria. We are an independent country which respects itself and respects its sovereignty. That was in the first stage. Later on, the Turkish government started to get involved in the bloody events in Syria by providing logistic support to the terrorists who have been killing innocent people. The Turkish government started adopting policies which are dangerous both to the Turkish people and the Syrian people. That is as far as the political aspects of the relations are concerned. I will not talk here about the personal characteristics of this man who, in his statements, has transgressed against the moral and ethical values that should characterize any politician in the world or even any human being."

From H.E. President Bashar Al-Assad's Cumhuriyet Interview , July 3, 2012

"If we have become unable, in certain situations, to protect some Syrians, is it reasonable to hold us responsible for protecting the Turks? Is that logical? I think, if there is a security failure in Turkey now, then it is caused by the policies of the Turkish government. But it wants to blame others for this. As I said at the beginning of this interview, when I have a certain security failure, it will reflect on you, and vice versa. Even if we wanted to help you in these circumstances, it would be very difficult to offer real assistance because of the problems we are facing."

From H.E. President Bashar Al-Assad's Cumhuriyet Interview , July 3, 2012

"the PKK has been fighting Turkey for decades; consequently, they don’t need us to send them to do this. When relations between us and Turkish military and security institutions were good, the PKK used to conduct operations. The only difference is that when you have a neighboring arena with chaos in it, movement becomes easier. This is self- evident."

From H.E. President Bashar Al-Assad's Cumhuriyet Interview , July 3, 2012

"As for the revival of the Ottoman Empire, I believe we're now in another age that is different in every way, and this is no longer possible… our vision for relations with Turkey and the Turkish role was that it was possible to build an empire of good relations, alliances and organizations that unite interests, similar to the Shanghai Cooperation Organization and others; these new empires can be built through objective and rational positions that express the region's interests, and not by becoming subject to westerns – or specifically U.S. – positions."

From H.E. President Bashar Al-Assad's Interview with Iranian TV, June 28, 2012.

It maybe a kind of concern that any defect in Syria will affect Turkey and this is normal,…the third possibility is that the reason behind these statements is acting as the guide or instructor or the role player at the expense of the Syrian issue. This matter is totally rejected from any official anywhere in the world, including Turkey."

From H.E. President Al-Assad Syrian Arab TV Interview, August 21, 2011.

 

''The Syrian-Turkish relations have made remarkable progress and turned into a strategic partnership between the two countries; the benefits of this partnership will not be restricted to both countries, but they will also include other countries.''

From H.E.'s Press Conference with Premier Erdogan, ( October 11, 2010)

 ''The Turkish people, and not only the Turkish government, have stood by their Palestinian brothers, particularly during the stage of Gaza siege… They now know, more than any others, the Israeli intentions following the aggression on the Freedom Flotilla which was carrying basic materials for life to Gaza people.''

From H.E.'s Press Conference with Premier Erdogan, ( October 11, 2010)

 "The Turkish demands regarding the aggression on the Freedom Flotilla and the Turkish martyrs who passed away as a result of the aggression are right demands on the national level and a right for the families of those martyrs," the President added.

From H.E.'s Press Conference with Premier Erdogan, ( October 11, 2010

 "We lived for hundreds of years in one state, and before the Ottoman state we lived in an Arab state and other different ages and stages… we were always together."

From H.E.'s TRT TV Interview(October 6, 2010)

 "On the other hand, there was commitment by both countries to the popular desire… this means that we weren't working through an international or regional agenda; we were working through a popular agenda… the people in Syria and the people in Turkey want these relations, so we moved as states in this direction,"

From H.E.'s TRT TV Interview(October 6, 2010)

 "The relation went through very difficult conditions as there were strong pressures exerted on Syria and on Turkey to move away from Syria, and it didn't move away. So, the trust isn't based on sentiments but rather on facts… there are experiences that this relation went through and it proved to be strong, so the trust was built without being shaken,"

From H.E.'s TRT TV Interview(October 6, 2010)

 "On the other hand, agreements are general directives… they are doors that we open, but this door can be opened and no one might pass through it… we want to open doors, and these meetings serve to encourage people to walk through them by entering projects… it isn't enough to talk about agreements, we have to talk about projects and what are the joint projects that we can establish… this will shift this political relations and these agreements into daily reality and interests that connect people… sentiments are strong and important, trust is important, culture is important, but interests are also important, so we must connect popular interests between Syria and Turkey, which is what this type of meetings which we see frequently means to us,"

From H.E.'s TRT TV Interview(October 6, 2010)

 ''Turkey has become a 'regional player and its name has become a reality in  the international sphere and not only the regional sphere'

From H.E.'s TRT TV Interview(October 6, 2010)

 ''We view the Turkish-Israeli relations from two perspectives. The first is Turkish role in the peace process which is built on the relationship between Turkey and Israel and the relationship between Turkey and Syria. Any mediator must have good ties with both parties. The second perspective is that the Israeli government's policies are not only the attack on Freedom Flotilla, but its non-response to the indirect Syrian-Israeli talks in Turkey in 2008 and the war on Gaza. All of these affected the Israeli-Turkish relations…As a result, these relations have not been back to normal and the Turkish role will be difficult to make these talks take place.''

 From H.E.'s Press Conference in Spain, (July 5, 2010)

  ''Therefore, if Turkey's role in the negotiations process on the Syrian track recedes, this will affect regional stability. The matter is not that easy, because it was the Israeli policies, aggressions and Gaza siege which caused lack of stability, and not only severing ties between Turkey and Israel could affect the peace process,''

From H.E.'s Press Conference in Spain, (July 5, 2010)

 "Our feelings for the Turkish martyrs are the same as our feelings towards losing a Syrian, Palestinian or any Arab citizen,"

From H.E.'s Press Conference with Premier Erdogan (June 7, 2010)

 "Israel has had several objectives from what has happened to the freedom Flotilla: First, Israel wanted to deter any other flotilla or ship from coming to Gaza; because talking about the siege on Gaza and on the siege Palestinians in general is forbidden as far as the Israeli logic is concerned; even talking of the killing of the Palestinians is forbidden,''

From H.E.'s Press Conference with Premier Erdogan (June 7, 2010)

 "What happened in Davos wasn't directed against Premier Erdogan; rather it was directed against the Turkish People, and their stances; among which is their stances on the war against Iraq when the Turkish people rejected to make of Turkey and its territories a base for the illegitimate invasion of a free independent country. The objective was also to offend the Turkish people and their stances in support of Gaza, and their persistent bids to lift the siege and support aid convoys to the Palestinians. The objective was further to harm the stance of the Turkish People in support of their Governments role in peace process.''

From H.E.'s Press Conference with Premier Erdogan (June 7, 2010)

 "My Brother Prime Minister Erdogan has said in one of his speeches recently that Jerusalem is the same as Istanbul and what happens in the Palestinian territories happens on Turkish lands, and I say to him that the Arab blood and the Turkish blood are the same. This is not new. This is a historical issue and today Turkey stands by Gaza, and the Ottoman Turkey a little more than one hundred years ago rejected to give Palestine to the Jews. This is well known, so we are talking about one blood throughout history".

From H.E.'s Press Conference with Premier Erdogan (June 7, 2010)

 ''Turkey has the three criteria, the geopolitical position, big country, strong economy, will and vision. It was a strong and it was big 10 years ago, but they didn’t have the will and same vision, so it didn’t play that role, Turkey.''

From H.E.'s PBS Interview  (May 28, 2010)

 "We as Syrian and Turkish officials no longer feel that we're traveling from one country to another when we visit each other. This reflects the reality of the feelings that prevail on the public level and the development and consolidation of this relationship over the past years in political and economic fields,"

 From H.E.'s Press Conference with His Turkish Counterpart, H.E. President Gul, (May 8, 2010)

  "Syrian-Turkish relations are not only bilateral relations, but they also express the interests of all the countries of the region in general and the Arab states in particular. we see that there have been enthusiasm and eagerness towards this relationship with Turkey over the past few years. This was represented through setting up the Arab-Turkish Council and through Turkey's latest participation in the Arab Summit in Libya,"

 From H.E.'s Press Conference with His Turkish Counterpart, H.E. President Gul, (May 8, 2010)

  ''Maintaining Syrian-Turkish relations is achieved by expanding them through getting down the pyramid…Relations start at the top of the pyramid before descending to the governmental, then the institutional and popular levels comprising various hues: the educated, academics, NGOs, trade relations and popular relations across borders…Only then can these relations become immune as we seek them to be, and therefore we cancelled visas which was an important step…and that's why we assess the obstacles hindering communication among different categories at every stage. There are interests and there's an emotional part in this relation but part of it is built on interests. There's no worry when we connect emotions with interests, and any group that could be harmed by or opposed to this relation can achieve nothing,''

From H.E.'s Press Conference with His Turkish Counterpart, H.E. President Gul, (May 8, 2010)

 "The relation with Turkey has been built with all the establishments even with the scientific establishments …and tomorrow we have a conference to be held on joint scientific research with universities, army, security, and with the various political forces and others particularly with those who oppose the government of Prime Minister, Erdogan. They say that although we are different in Turkey on many issues with the current government but we are unanimous on the relation with Syria."

From H.E.'s Press Interview with Al-Manar Satellite TV, (March 24, 2010) 

  

 

''The Turkish role was not in the limelight as to have normal and perfect relations among States, filled with amity and reciprocal respect. With this in mind, last year, the region actually witnessed a big stride through the development of the Syrian-Saudi relations; and recently through the development of the Syrian-Lebanese relations. Within this frame came the successful visit of the Prime Minister of Lebanon, Saa'd Hariri to Syria laying down correct institutional bases for the relations with Lebanon. Certainly, I am interested in visiting Lebanon; but in the appropriate time.''

From His Excellency's Conference with Premier Erdogan, (December 23, 2009)

 ''The signing of the Agreements between Syria and Turkey has redrawn the map of the Middle East and demolished the borders between both countries. The signing of more than 50 accords, documents, and memos, is but a big indication to this effect. These Accords cover different fields including Energy, Security, Diplomacy, Education, Higher Education, Culture, Communications, Housing, Agriculture, Sport, Youth, Local Administration, and other fields. The challenge which starts tomorrow is how to translate the Accords and Memos to real accomplishment on the ground. Of course, businessmen would play a big role to this effect besides State Institutions''

From His Excellency's Conference with Premier Erdogan, (December 23, 2009)

 ''Turkey is one basic part and players in the process of peace. We do not meet today as to ask Mr. Erdogan or to encourage him to play the role of the mediator in the process of peace: Turkey several times and persistently has announced its preparedness as to play this role. Further, Mr. Erdogan has not come as to encourage Syria to commit herself to the process of peace; he knows more than others Syria's zeal for the achievement and accomplishment of the Just and Comprehensive Peace in the Middle East. The world today, as we know, is much more interested in the process of peace; it seems that such interest is because the process is, unfortunately, dying; the process of peace is in need for interest, not only when it fails, but the process is perhaps in need for more interest when it starts to make success or when to kick off; that is why, we always witness fluctuations in this process between the ups, but not high, followed by the quick downs.''

From His Excellency's Conference with Premier Erdogan, (December 23, 2009)

 ''The good relations with neighbouring countries supporting the Arab Causes, particularly turkey and Iran would further be a factor of strength helping the Arab Countries as to reach to the Independent Arab Resolution, restore the Arab Rights, and realize stability in the region.''

From His Excellency's Speech at 5th General Conference of the Arab Parties, Damascus Summit, (November 11, 2009)

 “Turkey’s support is very important for us. We have full trust. As an example, without even us demanding it, Prime Minister Erdoğan explains us in Washington; he conveys our views. This is very important. Besides, the role he played at peace talks with Israel was also very important. Because of this, he is now at a point where he can easily speak on our behalf.”

From His Excellency's Interview with the Turkish 'Hurriyet' Daily, (November 8, 2009)

  “Let’s not hurry. Let’s go step by step. Let’s take one step and stop to look at the result, and then take another step. Let us look if two separate small economies or one large economy is better. This is what we want to do. Let’s think of  Iran, Iraq, Syria, Jordan and Turkey. We want to create a joint economic region, make joint giant projects. We are calculating how we can connect the Red Sea to Europe and the Mediterranean. The prosperity of those four economies working together is apparent. We are building a joint future.” 

From His Excellency's Interview with the Turkish 'Hurriyet' Daily, (November 8, 2009)

 ''Syria and Turkey are two sisterly Countries; with this in mind, we have moved forward. There are perfect bases at the grassroots level; that is way we have made success in reaching to the fast change in our relations.''

From His Excellency's Interview with the Turkish 'Hurriyet' Daily, (November 8, 2009)

 ''Syria's relations with both Iran and Turkey are very good, and so are the relations of Iran and Turkey; the Turkish-Iranian rapprochement has been taking place for years; and we help and support this. These Countries share the conviction that their relations together are important. Turkey's moves as to bolster her relations with the neighbours  are in the interest of Turkey as well as of all Arabs.''

From His Excellency's Press Statements during His Visit to Croatia, (October 28-29, 2009)

 ''We can never forget the stance of the Turkish Parliament rejecting to allow the aggression against Iraq from the Turkish territories and airspace; such a stance has reflected the clear stance of the Turkish People, manifested through their anti-war demonstrations. Further, we would never ever forget the Turkish Government stance on the crime of the aggression against Gaza, and the grand rally of Istanbul deploring the massacres perpetrated by Israel against the Palestinians. In return, the Arab People have responded to these honorable stances with appreciations and gratitude, which concrete results are soon to emerge.''

From His Excellency's Istanbul Speech, (September 16, 2009)

''My participation in this Ramadan Iftar, given by Istanbul development and Justice Party Branch, is a deep expression of all that binding our two People, including the roots, links, habits and traditions, which add the noble emotional features to our relations. The Islamic World is in a dire need today for the type of relations like these binding Syria and Turkey, replacing discord with amity, separation with meeting, working for spreading the peace and goodness all over the region,''

From His Excellency's Istanbul Speech, (September 16, 2009) 

'' We have met each other not in the middle of the way; but to cross together the way, which we have drawn through our long history, towards a future full of accomplishments, and filled with amity and peace,''

From His Excellency's Istanbul Speech, (September 16, 2009)

 ''Turkey's role is a very fundamental one. There are many reasons for this. As a country in this region, Turkey is more concerned with every aspect of this land than any other country. Turkey is a very skillful country both in its efforts to solve problems and in removing obstacles that lead to problems. Secondly, there is unconditional trust between Syria and Turkey both at the political level and between the peoples, and this is very important for us. There is no mistrust on any issue. Furthermore, Turkey has proven in a short period of eight months how skilful and rational it is in mediating, although this was Turkey's first effort concerning the Arab problem.''

From His Excellency's Interview with the Turkish Zaman Paper, (September 15, 2009) 

 ''The winter before last, Prime Minister Erdoğan called me. He told me there was a drought in southeastern Turkey. He requested that the amount of water in the Orontes (Asi) River, which originates in Jordan, flows through Syria and into Turkey's Hatay province, be increased. Although we had water problems as well, I ordered that the amount of water provided to Turkey be increased. In the recent past, Turkey fulfilled all its commitments regarding the Tigris and Euphrates rivers. But this year it has not been able to fulfill a portion of its commitments. The amount of water that was left to us was little due to some investments Turkey made. However, the prime minister has said the amount of water which was supposed to be left over to us will be provided in the near future. Iraq, Syria and Turkey have reached an agreement over the Tigris. Relations over water were brought to a very good level by establishing a common commission.''

From His Excellency's Interview with the Turkish Zaman Paper, (September 15, 2009)

 ''Mr. Prime Minister's stance incited an emotional joy among Syrians. But as president, I cannot talk emotionally. There was a demonstrative situation there, and that had consequences. When the prime minister was displaying that stance, he was not displaying his personal stance. He displayed that stance as the prime minister of Turkey. This stance proved how Turkey can adopt a respectable stance based on its own sovereign decision. This stance was completely a “made in Turkey” stance. It is very important because it is Turkey's sovereign stance.''

From His Excellency's Interview with the Turkish Zaman Paper, (September 15, 2009)

 “Thanks to our close cooperation, we have been able to stand in the face of several bids aiming as to create a gap among our stances, including the pressures put on Turkey as to participate in the bids against the stability in Syria isolating it during the few past years. We have succeeded to give a bigger push forward to our relations and our stances have been closer when many in this world succumbed to those pressures. This happened because we were aware that once each of us was well, the other would so be considering geography, history, interests, emotions and others. With this in mind, a great confidence was built between us, creating  the basic introduction to make of Turkey the sole country, who was able to play a very important role in the re-launching of peace process last year, which made many in the world wonder about the secret of success where others failed ,”

From His Excellency’s Statements during Turkish President Visit, (May 15, 2009)

 “Turkey is a key player, not to be surpassed, in whatever might be launched process of peace, when there would be the partner, whom we do not see this moment.”

From His Excellency’s Statements during Turkish President Visit, (May 15, 2009)

 “Turkey has played an objective, just and professional role in the indirect peace negotiations between Syria and Israel. The Turkish role has made of Turkey a main player in Mideast Peace Process. Of course, in the future, once there would be a partner, Turkey is the inalienable player. All of this has given a very special aspect for the relation between Syria and Turkey,”

From His Excellency’s Statements during Turkish President Visit, (May 15, 2009)

 

 “The Syrian-Turkish cooperation as far as the big and important files has indeed begun in January 2003, when President Abdullah Gül, visited us for the first time as the then Prime Minster. These visits have been continued and so has the cooperation. President Gül visit came within the natural course of the Syrian Turkish cooperation. The visit of President Abdullah Gül to Syria is important in its content and timing as an opportunity to discuss bilateral, regional as well as international causes,”

From His Excellency’s Statements during Turkish President Visit, (May 15, 2009)

  “We have succeeded to make the Syrian Turkish relations as distinguished; notwithstanding the difficult years as far as the conditions in the Middle East, which were not in the interest of many countries of the region, including Syria and Turkey. The Syrian-Turkish relations have been constructed across centuries of common living, which led to common social and cultural concepts. This relation goes on and on, based on sincerity, frankness, as well as on joint interests.”

From His Excellency’s Statements during Turkish President Visit, (May 15, 2009)

 “Many would never forget what happened- during the Israeli massacres against Gaza- and would neither forget who stood with Gaza; we would not forget who stood against Gaza; consequently, we would never ever forget the honorable stance of the Turkish Government, and People, regarding what happened in Gaza, through their stance against the aggression and their stand by the Palestinian People.”

From His Excellency’s Statements during Turkish President Visit, (May 15, 2009)

 “I have discussed with President Gül the standing bilateral cooperation, which has, relatively,  passed good phases; where the bulk of trade exchange between Syria and Turkey reached to about 2 billion dollar,”

 From His Excellency’s Statements during Turkish President Visit, (May 15, 2009) 

  

"First of all, relations between Turkey and Iran are developing in a permanent and positive way. The role of the two states is not based on a confessional or religious position, but on the political and geographical position of the state. As for asking why relations between Syria and Turkey have developed, the reply is clear. The two states became aware that their situation had deteriorated when they served as fuel for international conflicts in the Middle East. When we decided to be masters of our own decisions in order to better serve and defend our common interests, everything changed. From another standpoint, I should point out the credibility of the Turkish state and government. All its institutions generally have acted in a friendly manner and at no time promised one thing and done the opposite. Syria for its part takes the same course of action towards them. The credibility of the Turkish president and prime minister has led to this neighborly and friendly relationship."

 From His Excellency Monday Morning Interview, (September 30, 2008)

 "Regarding our relations with Iran, it is an important country, but our relations with the Islamic Republic of Iran in no way signify that we conduct our relations with it at the expense of Arab states. We have not exchanged Arab states for Iran, and we don’t consider it in this light. Our relations with Turkey are very strong, and this helps stability in the region, not the reverse. What is the benefit for Arab states of a negative relationship with Turkey over eight decades? We have all lost out. When relations are better there is gain for everybody. The same applies to Iran. We should establish excellent relations with all neighboring countries. We Arabs do not dialogue much. Relations can be good at the level of the summit, but not on other levels. We in Syria have no barriers in our relations with Arab states. We are open to all initiatives. I was in touch with President Hosni Mubarak some weeks ago to present my condolences following the landslide accident in which there were victims. Let’s be frank: relations, which are supposed to be good, do not now exist with Egypt as they should. We have no problems with them."

 From His Excellency Monday Morning Interview, (September 30, 2008)

 "We do not want another international conflict field. We do support  President Sarkozy’s initiative through his direct relation with President Medvedev of Russia, hoping that it would lead to the achievement of tranquility and to restoration of peace to the Caucasus region. We also support the initiative of Turkey pertaining to the dialogue in the Caucasus,"

 From His Excellency Statements at the Quartet Damascus Summit  (September 4, 2008)

  

 "The distinguished standing relations of friendship and cooperation between Syria and Turkey stem from a joint will and basic foundations of credibility and transparency on the basis of reciprocal respect , joint interests bolstered by the cooperation agreements covering all fields."

From H. E. Press Statements in Turkey  ( October 17, 2007)

  

"There is a conviction by all the Turkish institutions and strata, there is no exaggeration, of the importance of relationship with Syria. This is one thing. The other thing is that there is a conviction by Turkey and many countries in the world of the unjustness of what is happening with Syria these days, and that these pressures have political objectives and have nothing to do with the headlines being raised. I can say that the relationship with Turkey is moving in all the economic and political fields, security coordination, and the natural and historical social relations are also developing and becoming stronger with time. "

From HE’s Turkish TV Interview, (December 28, 2005) 

 

   "Our relation with Turkey has specific peculiarity. There are many things that link us to Turkey which helped start this relation quickly during the past few years, the most important of which are the joint desire and sincerity of dealing . The cause of Iraq came to make danger direct and same on Syria, Turkey and Iran which caused high level coordination among these states."

From HE’s Interview with Al Jazeera TV, (May 3, 2004)

 

Dr. Mohammad Abdo Al-Ibrahim

 

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