Syria: Assad admits mistakes, claims people back him

'Otherwise I would be out of power’, he says

05 July, 15:26

(ANSAmed) - ANKARA, JULY 5 - In new statements published today by Turkish daily Cumhuriyet, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad admitted to making mistakes in managing his country's year-long crisis but said he has popular support 'otherwise I would have already been toppled like Iran's Shah'.

In the third part of an interview published by the newspaper in the past three days, Assad accused foreign countries including the US of having caused 'more damage' than the regime's errors by supporting the country's armed opposition.

Asked by the daily to explain his mistakes, Assad said: 'Naturally, we are human beings end can make mistakes'.

'Everyone must know this is a game supported from abroad', he added. 'There is a lot of money coming from abroad'.

In previous excerpts of the interview published yesterday, Assad had accused Turkish premier Recep Tayyp Erdogan of supporting 'terrorists' in Syria.

The previous day, when Cumhuriyet had first started publishing the interview, Assad had said he was 100 percent sorry Syria had downed an F-4 Turkish jet after mistaking it for an Israeli aircraft.

Tensions between Syria and Turkey heightened after the downing of the jet and the situation on the border is extremely tense.



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