Turkey, Syria discuss steps to end violence

AP News
Posted: Aug 09, 2011 1:36 PM
Turkey, Syria discuss steps to end violence

Turkey's foreign minister says he and Syrian leader Bashar Assad have discussed "concrete steps" Syria should take to stop the bloodshed there.

But Ahmet Davutoglu did not say what those steps would be and whether Assad had agreed to consider taking them.

Speaking to reporters on his return from Damascus on Tuesday, Davutoglu said Turkey would continue talking with Assad in a bid to halt the violence.

Syria's army has defied international criticism of the regime's deadly crackdown on a 5-month-old uprising, and the soldiers continued their raids on restive areas Tuesday.

Davutoglu said: "We discussed ways to prevent confrontation between the army and the people in the most open and clear way."

Davutoglu said the atmosphere was cordial when he met with Assad for more than six hours in Damascus on Tuesday, including a two-hour tete-a-tete.