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Turkish President Calls Syria’s Assad a ‘Terrorist’

Turkish President Calls Syria’s Assad a ‘Terrorist’

TUNIS, Tunisia — Syria's peace efforts cannot include President Bashar Assad, Turkey's leader said Wednesday, calling him a "terrorist."
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan spoke during a visit to Tunisia at the end of a four-day Africa trip focusing on economic issues.
At a joint news conference with Tunisian President Beji Caid Essebsi, Erdogan called Assad a "terrorist who engaged in state terrorism" and should not be part of Syria's post-conflict future.
"How can we embrace a future with a Syrian leader who has killed close to a million of his citizens?" said the Turkish leader, whose country has seen a flood of refugees from neighboring Syria during the fighting.
Turning to another highly sensitive Middle East issue, Erdogan and Essebsi said their nations would never accept changes to Jerusalem's historic status after President Donald Trump's recognition of the city as Israel's capital.
"Jerusalem is our red line. Any steps against Jerusalem's historic status and holiness are unacceptable," Erdogan said, adding that his country will work toward international recognition of the Palestinian state and seek the support of the European Union.
The Turkish leader also vowed to help support Tunisia overcome economic hardships and combat extremism. Erdogan, who also was attending a Turkish-Tunisian economic forum, was accompanied by a delegation of nine ministers and 200 businessmen. (AP)