Turkish PM urges Syrian president to stop crackdown

14:48, June 15, 2011      

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Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan Tuesday urged Syrian President Bashar al-Assad via phone to stop violence and set up a timetable for reforms in Syria, the semi-official Anatolia news agency reported.

Assad called Erdogan to congratulate him on the ruling Justice and Development Party's (AKP) victory in the parliamentary elections on Sunday.

Turkish and Syrian leaders also discussed the massive flow of Syrians into Turkey, which passed 8,000 by Tuesday, while some 15, 000 Syrians gathered at Hiriptijoz village, one km to the Turkish border, the private Dogan News agency reported on Tuesday.

As the number of Syrian people fleeing to Turkey increase, Turkey hardened its criticism towards the Syrian government. Ankara will gather its 27 ambassadors in the Middle East countries and prominent Western countries on Wednesday in order to talk about the latest developments in the Arab countries, especially the unrest in Syria.

Source: Xinhua
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