Erdogan tells Assad: ‘time for oppressors has past’
Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan lashed out at Syrian President Bashar Assad on Friday, telling him the era of oppressive dictators has past.
Erdogan, who is in Tripoli on the final leg of his “Arab Spring” tour, hailed the advent of democracy in Libya and the “memory of martyrs who sacrificed themselves for their country and their religion.”
He said: “You have proved in the eyes of the world that there is no regime that can go against the will of the people. This is what those who oppress the people of Syria should realise.
“This kind of leader should understand that his time is past because the era of repressive regimes has ended.”
Earlier Friday, the Turkish daily Hurriyet said Erdogan had warned warned Iran “not to spoil” the Syrian leadership, whose security forces have been cracking down on protesters since mid-March.
Erdogan said: “I cannot say there has been tension with Iran but we warned them (the Iranians) that ‘the Assad administration is getting spoiled with your encouragement.’”