EXCLUSIVE VIDEO: “Erdogan, Assad Are Legal Presidents of Turkey, Syria”: Amir Abdollahian

Sun Jul 17, 2016 18:08:43

Former Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Hossein Amir Abdollahian in an exclusive interview with Al-Alam News Channel said, the same rules that make Recep Tayyip Erdogan the legitimate president of Turkey apply to his Syrian counterpart Bashar al-Assad as well since both have been elected to office through public voting.

"Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Bashar al-Assad are the legal presidents of the two important countries of Turkey and Syria who have ascended to power through public vote and democracy," Amir Abdollahian, now a senior advisor to the Iranian foreign minister, said in an interview with Al-Alam News Channel on Sunday.

Stressing Iran's condemnation of the recent coup against the Turkish government, he said, "Our support for the Turkish president, government and people against the coup plotters means support for an important neighbor, a strategic ally and democracy."

Amir Abdollahian also referred to the situation in Syria in which the Takfiri terrorists and the Zionists have launched a war to topple the legal government with the help of extensive foreign supports, and said, "Tehran considers this move a violation of democracy and trampling over the Syrian people's vote, and it strenuously supports Syria's legal president, people and army against the terrorists' attacks and sees this support as a major contribution to collective security in the region."

An attempted Turkish military coup appeared to crumble on Saturday after crowds answered President Tayyip Erdogan's call to take to the streets to support him and dozens of rebel soldiers abandoned their tanks in the main city of Istanbul.

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