ANKARA - An envoy of Syrian President Bashar Assad held crisis talks with Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan on Wednesday, as Turkey pressed its once-close neighbor to end a crackdown that it has called "savagery".
The once-close ties between the neighbors appear close to breaking point, and Assad's envoy Hassan Turkmani is likely to face Turkish impatience over Syria's repressive tactics and slowness to reform, as well as anger over a burgeoning humanitarian crisis.
Speaking to journalists before meeting Erdogan in Ankara, Turkmani said the refugees would stay in Turkey for a "short period of time."
"Soon they will be returning. We have prepared everything for them, they have started returning."