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Assad: Turkey Increases Military Support to Terrorist Groups

© AFP 2021 / Fadi al-HalabiFighters from the Al-Nusra Front, Al-Qaeda's Syria branch, hold a position as they fight against forces loyal to the regime
Fighters from the Al-Nusra Front, Al-Qaeda's Syria branch, hold a position as they fight against forces loyal to the regime - Sputnik International
Militant groups fighting against the Syrian government have been significantly strengthened by deliveries of weapons and equipment from Turkey, Deutsche Wirtschafts Nachrichten reports citing Syrian President Bashar Assad.

A Turkish F-16 prepares to taxi while another one takes off at 3rd Main Jet Air Base - Sputnik International
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Turkey has increased its deliveries of supplies and financial support to militant groups fighting the legitimate government in Syria, Syrian President Bashar Assad said on Sunday, in a meeting with Iranian politician Ali Akbar Velajati, DWN reports.

On Saturday, the Syrian army reported that Turkey has increased deliveries of weapons, ammunition, and military equipment to terrorist groups in Syria, since Syrian government forces began their most recent offensive against them.

Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry (L), German Foreign Minister Frank Walter Steinmeier (2nd L), UN Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura (7th L), US Secretary of State John Kerry (5th R), Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov (4th R), Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs Li Baodong (2nd R) and Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif (R) wait before a meeting with 17 nations, the European Union and United Nations at the Hotel Imperial in Vienna, October 30, 2015 - Sputnik International
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Velajati, a former Iranian Foreign Minister and adviser to Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, replied that Iran, which contributes ground troops to the government's fight against terrorism, "will continue to support Syria, because the fight against terrorism in the region and the world is crucial."

President Assad also said that the defeat of militant rebel groups is a prerequisite for the success of the political solution that Syrians will decide on, local media reported.

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