DAMASCUS (Press Shia) – A senior adviser to Syrian Prime Minister Imad Khamis said the recent “foolish remarks” made by Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan were only aimed at raising the spirits of the besieged terrorists in the embattled Syrian city of Aleppo.

Speaking to the Press Shia News Agency, Abdul-Qader Azouz, who is also a professor of politics, denounced Erdogan’s statement that his forces in Syria are there to overthrow President Bashar al-Assad, saying that such remarks are nothing new.

The remarks are made at a time when the Syrian army and the resistance forces are making “quick and massive advances” against terrorists and civilians are leaving the Eastern neighborhoods of Aleppo held by terrorists, he noted.

The adviser went on to say that Erdogan is trying in vain to lift the spirits of the terrorists fighting the Syrian government in Aleppo.

In a speech on Tuesday, Erdogan condemned what he said was the failure of the United Nations in Syria and cast Turkey's incursion in August, when it sent tanks, fighter jets and special forces over the border, as an act of exasperation.

"We are there to bring justice. We are there to end the rule of the cruel Assad, who has been spreading state terror," Erdogan said.

The Syrian Army troops backed by allied forces, who are fighting to recapture the strategic city of Aleppo from the foreign-backed terrorist groups, have made great advances over the past weeks.

The security forces encircled Aleppo on July 17 after closing off the last terrorist-controlled route into the city.

Syria has been gripped by civil war since March 2011 with various terrorist groups, including Daesh (also known as ISIS or ISIL), currently controlling parts of it.