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History Will Judge Erdogan as a War Criminal, Says al-Mikdad

DAMASCUS, (ST)- Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates Faysal al-Mikdad has described President of the Turkish regime Recep Tayyib Erdogan as a killer because he opened the borders before 170 thousand terrorists to enter Syria and commit crimes against the Syrians, according to Beirut-based al-Mayadeen TV.

Al-Mikdad's remarks came after Turkey had launched a military operation in the north of Syria.

 In a statement to journalists on Thursday, al-Mikdad said that the Turkish regime keeps protecting Jabhat al-Nusra terrorist organization, affirming that Erdogan is a liar and that lying has taken root inside him since the beginning of the crisis in Syria.

 He stressed that Erdogan must be held accountable for his crimes and that history will judge him as a war criminal for his role in Syria.

The deputy minister pointed out that the Turkish airports and the facilitations provided by the Turkish government to terrorists serve as a witness to the Turkish anti-Syria role.

He made it clear that the Syrian government is keen on protecting all its citizens and on the return of all the displaced Syrians.

According to al-Mikdad, the Syrian government has been open to dialogue with all its citizens, but some forces have refused this dialogue, thereby allowing the Turkish side to attack the Syrian territories.

He affirmed that Syria's arms are open to all the misled citizens, "but we are not ready to open dialogue based on a separatist logic".

"We don't seek dialogue with those who accepted to be subordinates to external forces, as we consider them as terrorists," al-Mikdad said.

"We trust our Russian friends who are supporting Syria's sovereignty and who are concerned about what is happening on the ground," said al-Mikdad, adding that the American illegal military presence in Syria is another reason behind the Turkish invasion.

Al-Mikdad also called on the European Union to reconsider its policies towards the countries supporting terrorism in Syria.

Hamda Mustafa