Turkey will not witness killings in Syria from sidelines, says Erdoğan

Turkey will not stand by as tens and thousands of innocent people in Syria are killed  to further the regime’s interests, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan as saying late Friday.

Erdoğan’s Twitter message in Turkish, English, Russian and Arabic,  arrives following a summit in the Iranian capital of Tehran with Russian President Vladimir Putin and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on Friday discussing  joint efforts as part of the Astana peace process and efforts for finding a lasting solution to ongoing conflict in neighboring Syria. The sides were unable to reach an agreement.

Turkey will not be part of the spectators "if the world turns a blind eye to the killing of tens of thousands of innocent people [in Syria],” the Turkish President said, adding, "Without discrimination, we rushed to the help of our Syrian brothers and sisters. Today, as in the past, we do not [want] any of our Syrian brothers or sisters to suffer --even from a nosebleed."

Addressing Idlib, Syria’s rebel-held northwestern province seen as the last stronghold for the opposition against the Bashar al-Assad regime, Erdoğan said the problem must be resolved without giving rise to pain, new tensions or more suffering.

Turkey hosts more than 3.5 million Syrians and fears a full-blown attack on Idlib, as threatened by Assad, will lead to an additiotnal 800,000 refugees knocking on its door.