Syrian Deputy FM: relationship with Turkey serves power balance in Mideast

19:35, July 08, 2010      

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The Syrian Deputy Foreign Minister Fayssal Mikdad confirmed Wednesday the relationship between Damascus and Ankara serves the regional power balance, security and stability, the Syrian daily Al-Thawra reported on Thursday.

His statements came at a workshop held by the Arab-Turkey Cooperation Forum in Damascus. He said that the Syrian-Turkish relationship proved that it is possible to achieve harmony and create multi-dimentional regional joint cooperation.

Mikdad said that the sound relations between Syria and Turkey serve not only the two countries' interests but also benefit all countries in the region, said the report.

The relationships between Syria and Turkey witnessed a remarkable progress particularly after Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan took his office in August 2007, he said.

Turkish government expressed clear stances in the favor of the Arab national issues as it condemned the Israeli aggression against Lebanon in 2006 and Gaza in 2008, he added.

Mikdad noted that Turkey has played also an important role in the indirect talks between Damascus and Tel-Aviv, the talks which stopped due to the Israeli war against Gaza 2008.

Source: Xinhua


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