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Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said that all groups should keep their distance from the Syrian regime and especially PYD (a Kurdish armed group in Syria which had links with PKK) must do it.
"We will monitor the attitude to be assumed by PYD," said Davutoglu, who is visiting Davos for the World Economic Forum, when replying to questions on NTV channel.
Meanhwile, fighting intensified between the Kurds and Syrian opposition on the Turkish border.
“All groups in Syria should distance themselves from the regime,” Davutoğlu said.
At least 56 people have been killed in nearly two weeks of fighting in northeast Syria between anti-government opposition fighters and members of the Kurdish minority who have seized on the civil war to try to secure self-rule.
Referring to the peace process between Turkish authorities and the PKK, Davutoğlu said all events in the region are linked to each other. He added that these events could well influence each other. He noted that PYD’s distancing itself from the Assad regime is important for Syria to achieve stability.
Kurdish militants continued clashing with several opposition groups in the city of Ras al-Ain in Syria's northern Hasaka province near the Turkish border as of Wednesday. Turks in Ceylanpınar district of Şanlıurfa, just across the Ras al-Ain district, protested on Wednesday as they said they have no security. Several Turkish citizens were wounded as a result of the clashes.
Davutoğlu said in the interview that Ankara will continue closely monitoring the position of the PYD. He said if disarming of the terrorist organization in Turkey is a matter of debate, this process will definitely affect developments in other countries, referring to the Kurds in Syria.
Davutoğlu spoke in Davos, where he will have bilateral talks with officials from other countries on the sidelines of World Economic Forum. He said he met with Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev and is expected to meet with newly elected Prime Minister of Georgia, Bidzina Ivanishvili.
He said this is the first time a Turkish official is having talks with Ivanishvili, who he said will be visiting Turkey on Feb. 12.
Davutoğlu is also planning to meet with leader of the Iraqi Kurdish region Massoud Barzani and Ethiopian Prime Minister Haile Mariam Desalegn late on Wednesday. The foreign minister will be discussing the latest developments in Mali with the prime minister.
Turkish defense industry exports increased by 21 percent in January-August period reaching over $1 billion, according to the national association of exporters.
High inflation figures are largely related to food prices, Turkey’s Deputy Prime Minister Ali Babacan said.
Turkish Aerospace Industries handed last four of modernized F-16 fighters to Pakistan in a ceremony in Ankara on Tuesday.
Tuesday's newspapers cover the corruption probe targeting President's Erdogan's son, PM Davutoglu’s unveiling of the new government program as well as more detentions in Turkey’s ‘wiretapping’ sweep.
Turkey's Foreign Ministry urged Israel to withdraw their decision and stick to international law.
'To open the Halki Seminary (historic theological Greek school) is easy, but Greek side should take similar steps,' said President Erdogan.
The Turkish Exporters' Assembly announced a 5.2 percent rise in exports for August.
Turkey’s Foreign Ministry rejected claims about the country’s general consulate staff in Mosul, who have been kept hostage by rebels in Iraq since June 11.
New Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu outlined the coming government’s program, highlighting the resolution of the Kurdish question.
The programme put emphasis on a strong economy, envisaging a monetary policy which stepped up the struggle against inflation but also supported growth and employment
Erdogan and Davutoglu, who was appointed prime minister last week, have both made clear that their efforts to curb Gulen's influence will continue in their new roles
Amasya MP Mehmet Naci Bostanci is elected ruling AK Party's new parliamentary group deputy chairman.
Turkey's President Erdogan made his first foreign visit to the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus as president on Monday.
Ali Babacan will retain overall responsibility for the economy in the new cabinet, government spokesman Bulent Arinc said
Monday's newspapers cover German weekly Der Spiegel’s claims on foreign spying on Turkey, Turkish intelligence service’s purchase of a lie detector and ongoing construction works of Turkey’s Eurasia Tunnel Project.
Turkey's president Recep Tayyip Erdogan said he will discuss the issue of spying claims on Turjey with American and German leaders at the upcoming NATO summit and U.N. general assembly.