Al-Moualem: What does Turkey do in Syria; does it protect Jabhat al-Nusra?

Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Moualem questioned the reason for the Turkish presence in the Syrian territories and said: "Are they there to protect Jabhat al-Nusra," and Daesh and "the terrorist East Turkistan Movement?"

Syrian Deputy President and Foreign Minister Walid al-Moualem made the remarks at a press conference with Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi in Beijing on Tuesday.

"Idlib is a Syrian province and the terrorist organizations will be eliminated," he said, stressing that all illegally foreign forces in Syria must be deported, according to the SANA news agency.

"The organization of the terrorist Jabhat al-Nusra controls most of the territory of Idlib province and takes civilians as human shields. It is the right and the duty of the Syrian state to rid its citizens of terrorism. It is fighting organizations that the whole world has recognized as terrorist, including the UN Security Council, which has included Jabhat al-Nusra on its list of terrorist entities."

As for the Turkish occupation of Syrian territory al-Moualem said that Turkey occupies parts of the Syrian territory and asked: "What are the Turks doing in Syria? Are they there to protect the al-Nusra, Daesh and the terrorist East Turkistan Movement?"

This remarks came on response to the remarks of the Turkish Foreign Minister Mouloud Gawishoglu who said his country would "stop the Syrian regime by itself  stressing that Turkey would not tolerate the Syrian regime's harassment of its soldiers at the observation posts in Idlib province in northwest Syria.

Turkey occupies areas of north-west Syria under the name of "observation points." There are 12 points occupied by Turkey inside the Syrian territory, the majority of which are located in the territory controlled by the mercenaries of Jabhat al-Nusra classified on the list of international terrorism."

On April 30, Syrian forces, with Russian support, launched a military operation against mercenary groups in northwestern Syria, but Turkey sent massive military reinforcements to mercenary groups, allowing them to repel attacks by regime forces.



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