Thursday, November 19
Syrian President Assad Talks Turkey to the French
The following exchange is from President Bashar al-Assad's interview today (in Syria) with journalists at the French magazine Valeurs Actuelles. SANA has the complete transcript of the interview, which was conducted without a translator. Al-Assad is fluent in French (as well as English and Arabic).
Question 10: We talked about Qatar and Saudi Arabia, but we didn’t talk about Turkey, and they let go [into] Europe hundreds of thousands of refugees, and it seems that they let go [into] Syria jihadists. So, what is the role of Turkey?
President Assad: 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.
Question 11: You think he is Muslim Brotherhood?
President Assad: 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.
Question 12: You know we are in a situation right now, yesterday night and before, Charlie Hebdo, and before and before. You said that, but I want your confirmation; you think that France cannot fight terrorism if it stays with its links with Qatar and Saudi Arabia?
President Assad: Yes. In addition, you cannot fight if you don’t have relations with the power that’s fighting ISIS or terrorism on the ground. You cannot fight terrorism while you follow or pursue the wrong policies that, at the end, in the end result, support terrorism directly or indirectly. If you don’t have all these things, no, you cannot, and we don’t think that they can, so far.
1) This is also the position of Syria's Grand Mufti, the country's highest authority on Islamic law.