Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said Tuesday that Turkey is opposed to any foreign intervention in Syria, where the regime's violent crackdown on pro-democracy protests has drawn international condemnation.
"We do not want foreign intervention in Syria," Davutoglu said after a Ramadan fast breaking dinner in Ankara.Full Story
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Tuesday that Turkey, Saudi Arabia and other governments should call on Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to step down, but declined to make that call herself.
"It's not going to be any news if the United States says Assad needs to go," Clinton said, suggesting the world's reaction to such a move would be, "Ok, fine. What's next?"Full Story
Turkey did not give the Syrian regime a grace period to carry on with its military operations, which must be stopped “immediately,” Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu stressed Monday.
“Military operations in Syria have not stopped since Thursday evening,” Davutoglu said, describing the military assaults as “a blatant violation of human rights.”Full Story
King Abdullah and Turkish President Abdullah Gul, who have urged reforms and an end to the bloodshed in Syria, met in the Saudi city of Jeddah, state news agency SPA reported Monday.
Saudi media said the meeting late on Sunday homed in on "regional and international developments," without a direct mention of the deadly crackdown on dissent in Syria.Full Story
Turkey has denied the capture of a senior leader of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), after media reports quoting Iranian officials sparked confusion.
"There has been no confirmed news or development at the moment. We'll make it public if any development takes place," Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu was quoted as saying in the Turkish media late Sunday.Full Story
Kurdish rebels on Saturday claimed responsibility for an attack on a pipeline in eastern Turkey that has cut off Iranian gas shipments to Turkey.
The pro-Kurdish Firat news agency carried a statement from the armed wing of of the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) saying its guerrillas sabotaged the pipeline at around 2000 GMT on Thursday.Full Story
An attack on a pipeline in eastern Turkey cut off Iranian gas shipments to Turkey overnight and it may take up to a week before they resume, the energy ministry said Friday.
"Work continues to put out the fire," the governor's office in Agri province said in a statement quoted by Anatolia news agency.Full Story
Al-Mustaqbal bloc MP Samir al-Jisr on Friday denied telling al-Joumhouria daily that former premier Saad Hariri and Progressive Socialist Party leader Walid Jumblat had held talks in Turkey last weekend.
In the remarks attributed to him by the newspaper, al-Jisr allegedly wondered why people would be surprised if two high ranking officials met. "Al-Mustaqbal movement has kept a thin thread with Jumblat," the daily quoted him as saying.Full Story
Turkey's ambassador to Damascus visited Syrian's flashpoint protest hub of Hama, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Wednesday, as Syrian army vehicles left the town.
"Our ambassador went to Hama and said that the tanks, security forces had started to leave Hama. This is highly important to show that our initiatives had positive results," Erdogan said in televised remarks, addressing his party members in Ankara.Full Story
Dozens of Syrian army vehicles packed with soldiers left the flashpoint protest hub of Hama on Wednesday 10 days after storming the central city to fight "armed groups," an Agence France Presse correspondent saw.
Forty personnel carriers decked with Syrian flags rolled out of Hama with soldiers chanting slogans praising embattled President Bashar Assad, said the journalist who visited the city on a tour organized by the authorities.Full Story