Assad is dreaming, says Turkey's FM

Photo: Assad is dreaming, says Turkey's FM / Turkey

Turkey's Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu has rejected claims by Syrian President Bashar Assad that three-year war in his country is turning in the regime's favor, Anadolu Agency reported.

Davutoglu said in a televised interview on Friday that the Turkish government had previously made friendly suggestions to Assad to undertake necessary reforms on behalf of the Syrian people in order to stop the uprising in 2011.

He said the situation on the battlefield was different to what Assad had claimed in his statements, and stated that the Syrian opposition had taken control in Keseb and in Aleppo.

Davutoglu also said it was understandable that Assad's forces had control of Damascus, as the regime used hunger as a weapon.

"Is it possible for a man who massacred his own people to take control of these events?" Davutoglu asked, adding: "Assad is dreaming."

According to Syria's state news agency SANA, Assad said that Syria's three-year conflict was at a "turning point" due to the regime's military supremacy over the rebels.

The Syrian regime had killed more than 100,000 people and created 2.5 million refugees in three years, according to U.N. data.

The Foreign Minister also discussed the significance of the crisis in general world terms, saying it would be right to accept there was a crisis in the international system, rather than considering events in isolation.

"If a progress in Syria had been made early, the world would have prevented the coup in Egypt," Davutoglu said.

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