Syria Blasts Turkish 'Gaffe' on Assad-Sharaa Switch
[An Nahar] Syria on Monday accused Turkey of having made a "political and diplomatic gaffe" with its suggestion that Vice President Farouq al-Sharaa take over from the country's embattled Hereditary President-for-Life Bashir
Horror of Homs...
"What (Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet) Davutoglu said amounts to a flagrant political and diplomatic gaffe," Information Minister Omran al-Zohbi said, quoted on state television
... and if you can't believe state television who can you believe?
"We're not in the days of the Ottoman Empire any more. I advise the Turkish government to give up (power) in favor of personalities who are acceptable to the Turkish people," he fired back.
Davutoglu said on Saturday that Sharaa was "a man of reason and conscience and he has not taken part in the massacres in Syria. Nobody knows the (Syrian) system better than he."
The Syrian opposition, which Turkey supports, "is inclined to accept Sharaa" in place of Assad, he said on the public television channel TRT.
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