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Syrian President believes hiccups between Turkey and Syria are temporary

Arab World Materials 7 January 2012 22:08 (UTC +04:00)
Syrian president Bashar al-Assad said on Saturday that he believes the recent hiccups between Turkey and Syria are temporary, adding that the two countries need to to salvage what he called as ‘brotherly relations between the two nations, Today's Zaman reported.
Syrian President believes hiccups between Turkey and Syria are temporary
Syrian president Bashar al-Assad said on Saturday that he believes the recent hiccups between Turkey and Syria are temporary, adding that the two countries need to to salvage what he called as 'brotherly relations between the two nations, Today's Zaman reported.

During a meeting with Turkey's Islamist-based Felicity Party (SP) leader Mustafa Kamalak, Syrian President underlined that there might be some wrongs committed between the two countries from time to time as his country is going under the reform process. "The important thing is to overcome this process with minimal damage to the bilateral ties" he noted.

Recalling that both countries have started to build new relations since 2000, Assad said the two nations have no problem with each other. "We are brothers" he remarked during a 40-minute meeting with Kamalak. "We have changed the history in a decade" Assad added.

Assad assured Turkish politician that the reform process is going on even though it proved to be difficult at times. "Even moving from one house to another is not easy" he said, stressing that Syria would have a new constitution in February. He claimed that the opposition and its supporters have no real intention of reforms. 'They have different agendas" he remarked.

Praising Turkish nation as "benevolent", he said he had difficulty in understanding the position of Turkish government. Nevertheless he said he is hopeful that both countries would come out of this crisis. "We are living in the same house. If there is a fire in one room, it would spread to other rooms. That is why we have to extinguish this fire together" he stated.

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