Turkish opposition slams Erdogan’s stance on Syria, Egypt

Leader of Turkey’s opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) Kemal Kilicdaroglu has criticized the ruling government for its foreign policy vis-à-vis the Syrian crisis and the latest developments in Egypt.

“There is no place for grudges and anger in foreign policy. It has to be built on the country’s interests,” Kilicdaroglu said in front of a huge crowd of CHP supporters during an anti-war rally in the southern Turkish city of Adana last Friday.

“A wrong foreign policy causes very serious breaking points in countries’ histories,” he said. “Recep Tayyip Erdogan has no neighbor left he can say hello to or invite for cooperation. Not Iraq, not Syria, not Egypt and not Iran.”

The CHP leader also sharply criticized the recall of Turkey’s Ambassador to Egypt Huseyin Avni Botsali on 15 August, and his return to Cairo earlier this month.

“They recalled the ambassador but in the end they had to swallow their words. The ambassador was sent back to Egypt. Was it the right thing to do? Yes. So why did you recall him in the first place,” Kilicdaroglu asked.

“These are the type of mistakes that you can make if emotions govern [foreign policy] instead of reason,” he said.

Kilicdaroglu also said the Erdogan government’s failure to realize that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad can remain in power for years to come has tarnished Turkey’s image in the world.

“You must not be part of the problem, but part of the solution. [The government] has started to create problems,” he said.

The CHP leader further noted that his party had initially proposed the elimination of Syria’s chemical arsenal as a solution to the Syrian crisis, but the Turkey’s Justice and Development Party (AK Party) has simply rejected the proposal.

“Turkey was a playmaker in the Middle East. It has now become a toy,” Kilicdaroglu stated.

Syria has been gripped by deadly turmoil since 2011. Reports indicate that Western powers and their regional allies — especially Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and Turkey — are supporting the militants operating inside the country.

Relations between Turkey and Egypt have grown tense after the Turkish government adopted a harsh position regarding President Mohamed Morsi’s removal from power by the Egyptian military.

By Press TV

 

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