Assad Warns Erdogan over 'Backing Terrorists'
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad warned Turkey it will "pay dearly" for supporting rebels fighting to overthrow his regime.
"In the near future these terrorists will have an impact on Turkey. And Turkey will pay very dearly for its contribution," Assad stated in an interview for the Turkish Halk TV.
"It is not possible to use terrorism as a card and put it in your pocket. Because it is like a scorpion which won't hesitate to sting you at any moment," he said.
Assad accused the government of Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan of being responsible “for the blood of tens of thousands of Syrians and for the destruction of Syria’s infrastructure.”
Erdogan has been one of Assad’s harshest critics since Syria’s uprising erupted in March 2011.
The Syrian President also said it was still too early to say whether he would run for re-election next year, but added that he would refrain from seeking a third term.
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