Syria’s Permanent Envoy to the UN Security Council Bashar Al-Jaafari stated Thursday that the Syrian government did not send any apology letter to the Turkish government as the latter claimed, and assured that it will not send such an apology letter over the shells that were fired from the Syrian side killing five Turks and wounding others.
Speaking to El-Nashra news website, Al-Jaafari stressed that “the Syrian government is working on investigating the accident and not on apologizing,” reiterating that Syrian Information Minister Omran Al- Zoabi’s statement was the government’s official statement and it did not include any apology.
“We have waited one year and eight months for the Turkish government to present an apology over its acts in Syria. It is a tragic development that a Turkish woman was killed with her three children, and we sympathize with that with all what it takes because she is an innocent Turkish citizen,” the Syrian official further said.
As he emphasized that the Syrian government did not know who fired the shells, he pointed out that “in that region there are many groups that are interested in creating conflict between Syria and Turkey.”
Moreover, Al-Jafaari clarified that “we did not hear from the Turkish side any sympathy or solidarity with the innocent Syrian citizens who were killed in the terror explosions of Aleppo. Therefore, we must be fair in our approaches.”
Turkey’s Deputy Prime Minister, Besir Atalay had claimed earlier Thursday that “Syria has admitted it was responsible for the shelling that killed five civilians on Turkish soil and has apologized.” “The deputy premier also said Syria assured that “such an incident would not be repeated.”