Turkish FM says Al Qaeda and Assad need to be eliminated
Jan 11, 2014 - 12:00 am GMT+3
by Jan 11, 2014 12:00 am
TurkIsh Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu speaking yesterday before his trip to Paris to attend a meeting of the Syria’s Friends group, said both Syrian leader Basar al-Assad and Al Qaeda had to be eliminated, dismissing suggestions made by certain international institutions that Assad was the lesser of two evils. Davutoglu also condemned efforts to take over the Turkish state from within and without.
Davutoglu received the heads of the inter-parliamentary friendship groups of The National Grand Assembly of Turkey (TBMM) on Friday. Davutoglu made striking statements on the process that began with the Dec 17 operations, leading to the arrest of certain people including the sons of three ministers, the head of state-owned Halkbank, and renowned businessmen.
Regarding the row between the ruling AK Party and Gulen Movement over the government's legislation pack to remove all prep schools, including Gulen's private schools, FM Davutoglu touched on the government's support to Gulen's private school in the earlier stages: "We always supported Gulen's private schools across world, even when the ambassadors referred to them as "movement schools with a motive."
He also noted that no illegal organization within the state was allowed as the ruling AK Party's duty was to fight against these illegal organizations.
In his moving speech, Davutoglu also criticized the prosecutor who issued the search order regarding the truck carrying humanitarian aid for the Turkmens, for failure to consult with other government authorities in the region.