Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said that Syria is preparing for, what he calls, a sacred birth that will replace Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
"We can see very clearly that God's help is close. Don't forget victory comes to those who are patient," Erdogan told Syrian refugees at a camp in Akcakale in the Sanliurfa province on Sunday. "Every sacred birth is painful, and now Syria is preparing for a sacred birth, through which the will of all Syrian people will take power," said the Turkish prime minister, whose country is accused of being a key member of an international front attempting to destabilize Syria. Tensions have been running high between Syria and Turkey, with Damascus accusing Ankara -- along with Saudi Arabia, Qatar, France, and the United States -- of backing deadly militancy that has claimed the lives of many Syrians, including security and Army personnel. Moaz al-Khatib, the president of the so-called National Coalition of Syrian Revolutionary and Opposition Forces, stood at Erdogan’s side on Sunday. Khatib on Friday said that he had rejected an invitation from Russia for talks aimed at restoring peace in Syria. "We have clearly said we will not go to Moscow. We could meet in an Arab country if there was a clear agenda.” On December 21, Russian President Vladimir Putin called for the establishment of “a democratic order” that “reflects the Syrians' will” and underlined the need for a political process to establish peace in Syria. Syria has been experiencing unrest since March 2011. Damascus says outlaws, saboteurs, and armed terrorists are the driving factor behind the unrest and deadly violence. The Syrian government also says that the chaos is being orchestrated from outside the country, and there are reports that a very large number of militants fighting the Syrian government are foreign nationals. On August 1, the Syrian president said that the country is engaged in a “crucial and heroic” battle that will determine the destiny of the nation.