Ex-Turkish Official to ST: All Terrorist Groups in Syria Are ‘Soldiers of Israel and U.S.’

Former Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Dr. Abdullatif Şener has affirmed that all terrorist groups in Syria are the soldiers of Israel and the United States and they are committing evil acts against the Syrian people to serve the interest of hostile countries.

He told the Syriatimes e-newspaper on Tuesday that Turkey's government supports the so-called ‘Free Syrian Army’ and some other armed groups in Syria, but it hasn't officially acknowledged its support for al-Nusra Front [Jabhat al-Nusra].

  “I am against all the terrorist groups that are seeking to partition Syria, and I believe that collaborators are more dangerous than colonialists,” he said, hoping that Syria will get rid of terrorists as soon as possible.

As for the current Turkish relations with Russia and the United States, Dr. Şener said that Turkey's relations with the US have deteriorated and now the country is much closer to Russia.

“Turkey initially was in alliance with the U.S. Administration, but now it is involved in Astana talks about Syria with Iran and Russia. So, it has moved away from the U.S…. I hope that the day when President Racep Tayyip Erdogan and President Bashar al-Assad Assad will shake hands is not far away,” he added.

The former Turkish official concluded by saying: “There is nothing that you can trust because international relations are very complicated.”

Interviewed by: Basma Qaddour