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UPDATED: 09:57, November 17, 2005
US says it shares same goal with Turkey on Syria
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The United States said on Wednesday that it shares the same goal with Turkey with regard to Syria after Turkey's Foreign Minister Abdullah Gul paid an unexpected visit to Damascus.

"This was a visit that was decided on and organized and undertaken by the Turkish government," State Department deputy spokesman Adam Ereli said at a briefing.

"I think that our view is that we and Turkey share the same goals with respect to Syria, and that is that it end its objectionable behavior, whether that be in terms of supporting the insurgency in Iraq or interfering in Lebanon," Ereli said.

Moreover, The United States and Turkey agree that Syria should take concrete action to fulfill UN Security Council resolutions both with respect to the independent sovereignty of Lebanon as well as cooperation with the investigation on the murder case of former Lebanese prime minister Rafik Hariri, Ereli said.

Turkish Foreign Minister Abdullah Gul visited Syria on Wednesday and in his talks with Syrian President Bashar Assad, he urged Syria to fully cooperate with the Hariri case investigation.

"The goal of my visit was to help ensure the decision of the UN Security Council is applied quickly and completely," Gul said upon returning from Damascus.

Turkey has been a US ally in the Middle East region.

Source: Xinhua

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