Jordan, Turkey urge end to military crackdown in Syria
Jordan and Turkey on Wednesday called for an end to the crackdown on protesters by the Syrian military and for President Bashar al-Assad to initiate reforms, DPA reported.
The call came during meetings in Amman between Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu and King Abdullah II and Foreign Minister Nasser Judeh.
"We discussed the difficult and regrettable circumstances in Syria and the means of tackling them in a speedy and effective manner that puts an end to the bloodshed there and ensures security and safety as well as the wanted reforms for the Syrian people," Judeh said.
Speaking at a joint press conference with Davutoglu, he said the talks also covered the visit to Damascus on Wednesday of an Arab League delegation "in a bid to find a solution to the Syrian crisis".
"A well-established principle of Jordanian policy is not to interfere in the internal affairs of any other country," Judeh said.
Davutoglu expressed support for the demands of the protesters and called for "an end to military operations in all Syrian cities, the withdrawal of troops and carrying out the needed political changes."
The ministers also expressed backing for the two-state solution to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict that provides for the establishment of an independent Palestinian state coexisting in peace with Israel.
The Turkish foreign minister warned the situation in the Middle East could "deteriorate further" if the world community failed to put "serious pressure" on Israel to accept the two-state vision within a year.