Turkish PM doubtful on Assad’s pledge to hand over chemical weapons

Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdoğan said on Thursday he was doubtful that President Bashar al-Assad would fulfil his pledge to put Syria’s chemical weapons under international control, and said he was buying time for new “massacres”.

“The Assad regime has not lived up to any of its pledges, it has won time for new massacres and continues to do so,” Erdoğan said in a speech in Istanbul. “We are doubtful that the promises regarding chemical weapons will be met.”

“Death is death. It is not important whichever weapon – chemical or not – was used. We should put all the weapons used in Syria in the same category,” Erdoğan said.

“Our open-door policy will continue for the people coming from Syria,” he added.

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