Turkish premier says halted talks with Syria
Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said that he halted talks with the Syrian government.
"I did not want to come to this point. But the Syrian government entailed us to make such a decision", Anadolu Agency quoted Erdogan as saying.
"Today, I attended a UN conference on Libya. Dictatorship has come to an end and democratic process has begun in Libya. We should assist Libyan people till everything backs to normal. Then we can withdraw from Libya. The United Nations is ready to extend support to Libyan people," he said at a news conference.
Erdogan said that Libya has some $170 billion in different countries.
"Under a decision, a part of those assets can be released. Because Libya will have to invest in its rebuilding process. Turkey will continue working together with Libya in this process. Our talks with President Obama focused on the issue of terrorism. The United States, Turkey and Iraq agreed that the PKK terrorist organization was their common enemy in 2007. There is no change in our attitude. President Obama pledged to extend any support to Turkey in its fight against terrorism," he said.
"President Obama thanked us for Turkey's positive attitude about NATO's missile system. As you know, the southern province of Malatya was chosen to deploy the anti-missile radar," Erdogan said.
"Syria was another topic we discussed. Syrian government has launched a dark propaganda against Turkey. It is really obnoxious. We do not have any confidence in the current government. I will visit the camp in the southern Turkish province of Hatay. I want to see the living conditions in the camps," he said.
Erdogan added, "I halted talks with the Syrian government. I did not want to come to this point. But the Syrian government entailed us to make such a decision."