Turkish PM says he is concerned about Syria civil war

September 13, 2011 11:54

CAIRO - Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan said he was concerned Syria could slip into civil war and that he wanted to deepen Ankara's ties with Egypt, in an interview published by an Egyptian newspaper on Tuesday during a visit to Cairo.

"I fear that matters will end in civil war between the Alawites and the Sunnis," Erdogan told the Al-Shorouk newspaper in an interview that marked the start of his visit to Egypt.

Syrian President Bashar Assad, who has sent tanks and troops to quell months of protests against his rule, is from the minority Alawite Muslim sect. Most Syrians are Sunni Muslims.

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