Turkish president calls on his Syrian counterpart to take lessons from regional developments
Turkish President Abdullah Gul called on the regime of President Bashar al-Assad to take lessons from what has happened in the Arab region, in an interview broadcasted on Al Arabiya on Thursday.
Some Arab leaders "cannot realize that the totalitarian regimes have no longer a place in a changing world", he added.
President Gul called on his Syrian counterpart Bashar al-Asad "to stop the bloodshed, to withdraw military and security forces from the cities, to release all political prisoners, and to hold free, transparent, and democratic elections."
The United Nations has reported more than 2,200 people killed in Syria since February, including more than 350 people after security forces stepped up operations against demonstrators during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.
The Arab League last week publicly called for restraint and an end to the violence in Syria.
Syria on Monday granted the International Committee of the Red Cross access to a detention facility for the first time since unrest broke out in the country, the committee's president said