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Leader of Turkey's Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) Devlet Bahceli

Leader of Turkey's Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) Devlet Bahceli

The leader of Turkey’s opposition Nationalist Movement Party has criticized the government for its policy on the situation in neighboring Syria. Devlet Bahceli told the parliament on Monday that the Ankara government is facing a deadlock over Syria and that its policy toward the neighboring country, including the threats the country has made against President Bashar al-Assad, have bore no fruit. He went on to say that unfortunately Ankara's policy of "zero problem with neighbors" has resulted in the opposite and Turkey has become the center of all regional confrontational issues. Bahceli also urged the government to review its foreign policy and revise it with regard to national interests. His comments come as Ankara increases its hostile policy toward Damascus, with NATO Patriot missiles set to be deployed along its border with Syria. The missiles are in response to Turkey’s demand to protect its territory against Syrian attacks, despite the fact that Damascus has repeatedly said that it will never launch any attack on Turkey. The Syrian government says the chaos is being orchestrated from outside the country, and there are reports that a very large number of the militants operating in the country are foreign nationals. Last week, Syrian newspaper Al Watan published the names of 142 foreign militants from 18 countries, who were killed while fighting against the government. Almost 50 of those named were Saudi nationals. According to the paper, they were mostly extremists belonging to al-Qaeda or terrorist organizations and that they had entered the country via Turkey and Lebanon. HM/PKH
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