December 28, 2017 – Fort Russ News – Paul Antonopoulos
TUNIS, Tunisia – Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has reaffirmed his stance against Bashar al-Assad as Syrian President during a state visit at the Carthage presidential palace in Tunis on Wednesday, describing the Syrian President as a “terrorist.”
Erdogan said: “I clearly want to say Assad is a terrorist who leads state terror. There is no peace in Syria now and won’t be with Assad. Otherwise we would have an unfairness on the people who are killed. We can not recognise this situation as Turkey.”
Upon arrival, Erdogan was greeted by the Tunisian President Beji Caid Essebsi and a guard of honour by the countries’ military.
The Turkish President was speaking during a one-day visit designed to strengthen bilateral ties with Tunisia.
Erdogan’s son Bilal is known to have engaged in a blood-oil trade with ISIS before the Russian intervention in Syria in September 2015.
Prior to the Russian intervention, dozens of trucks from ISIS-held oilfields would cross from Syria into Turkey with no intervention from the US-led coalition. This almost immediately stopped with the Russian intervention which meant there was a severe cash shortage for the terrorist organization.