Erdogan: Relations with Syria help achieve peace in region

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Monday that the Syrian-Turkish High-level Strategic Cooperation Council was successful in laying a solid structure that helped strengthen bilateral relations and support the two countries' economies, Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) reported.
These statements were part of an interview to SANA in which Erdogan discussed the Ankara-Damascus relationship, tensions between Turkey and Israel, the Israeli-Palestinian and the Israeli-Syrian peace talks, and on Turkish aspirations to lead the way in "achieving peace and stability in the Middle East."
On Syrian-Turkish relations, Erdogan told SANA that ''the Council has turned into a practical and serious nucleus for a broader regional cooperation that seriously and effectively helps achieve peace, stability and prosperity for our peoples, who have to fully realize that the region is their own.'
''The rapid and vigorous development of the Syrian-Turkish relations is attributed to our peoples' aspirations and their demands of us as political leaderships, based on historical and social backgrounds, as well as the strong political will of both sides,'' Erdogan said.
The Turkish prime minister affirmed that he is in constant contant with the Syrian president, praising "the long-term strategic vision of [Syrian] President Bashar Assad, which we share with him, has played an important role in this rapid development.''
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