Assad hits out at Israel, Turkey in TV interview

Speaking to Turkish 'Ulusal Kanal' television channel, Assad claims responsibility for Israeli apology to Turkey.

April 5, 2013 23:13
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Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in an interview with Turkish Ulusal TV, April 5, 2013.

Assad in interview with Turkish journalists 370. (photo credit: YouTube Screenshot)

A rare interview with Syrian President Bashar Assad conducted by Turkish journalists at the presidential palace in Damascus is to be broadcast on television Friday.

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In the interview, Assad claimed that Israel's apology to Turkey is linked directly to the situation in Syria.

"The question is why didn't he (Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu) apologize in years passed. What has changed? It's the same (Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip) Erdogan, it's the same Netanyahu. What has changed is the situation in Syria," Assad said.

Assad postulated that the apology "shows that Erdogan has entered into a pact with Israel in order to damage the situation in Syria."

Snippets of the interview show Assad denouncing the Arab League for granting Syria’s seat to the opposition coalition, the National Coalition of Syrian Revolutionary and Opposition Forces, in an official ceremony on March 26.

"Real legitimacy is not accorded by organizations or foreign officials," Assad said. "All these theatrics have no value in our eyes."

Assad reserved special criticism for Turkey, after Turkey’s Prime Minister, Recep Tayyip Erdogan called for his departure.

"Erdogan has not said a single word of truth since the beginning of the crisis in Syria," Assad said in the interview with the Ulusal Kanal television channel.

In the full interview he is expected to discuss the recent Israeli apology to Turkey over the Gaza flotilla deaths in 2010.

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