World Bulletin / News Desk
Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan had a meeting on Sunday with the main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) chairman Kemal Kilicdaroglu in Ankara regarding the downed Turkish jet by Syria.
Tensions have run high in Ankara after Syria said on Saturday that it shot down a Turkish reconnaissance plane because the plane had entered its airspace. Following a series of meetings in Ankara among top state officials on Saturday, Erdoğan called for meetings with the leaders of opposition parties to discuss the crisis.
The meeting lasted for one hour.
Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu, Deputy Chief of General Staff Gen. Hulusi Akar and CHP deputy chairman Faik Oztrak also attended the meeting.
Erdoğan also received positive responses the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) and the Peace and Democracy Party (BDP).
Erdoğan met with CHP leader Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu on Sunday at 2 p.m. at the Prime Ministry.
He is scheduled to meet with MHP leader Devlet Bahçeli and BDP leader Selahattin Demirtaş on Sunday at 4 p.m. and 6 p.m., respectively, at the Prime Ministry.
The downed plane heightened tensions between two countries, which had been allies before Syria's 15-month violent uprising, and signaled that the violence gripping Syria is increasingly spreading beyond its borders. Germany and Iraq were among the countries urging restraint in the region.
Syria and Turkey had cultivated close ties before the Syrian revolt began in March 2011, but since then Turkey has become one of the strongest critics of the Syrian regime. Turkey hosts civilian and military Syrian opposition groups, including hundreds of military defectors who are affiliated with the Free Syrian Army and collect food and other supplies to deliver to their comrades through smuggling routes.
Turkish president speaks with opposition leader Bahceli on phone
Turkish prime minister says operation in Afrin is just like Operation Euphrates Shield
PYD/PKK terrorist group had fired 11 rockets in southern Turkey, killing Syrian national and injuring 46 others
Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu holds joint news conference with Iraqi counterpart Ibrahim al-Jaafari in Baghdad
President addresses massive crowd in western city of Bursa before ruling AK Party's Women Branch congress
'There is no other way to clear our borders from terror,' says Bahceli
Deadly siege of iconic hotel in Afghan capital leaves several people dead
Howitzers responded to PYD/PKK group’s harassing fire at Turkey’s border province of Kilis.
Free Syrian Army troops also entered PYD/PKK occupied areas in northern Syria
Turkish jets heard flying in southern Hatay province's Reyhanli and Kirikhan districts near Syrian border
Operation in Syria's Manbij to come next, Turkish president says
Premier Yildirim: Operation in Syria’s Afrin aims to end cruelty of PKK/PYD, ISIL terror groups in region
Terrorist organization's shelters, hideouts destroyed during Jan.19-20 strikes
Turkish religious head describes Juneidi as symbol of Palestinian heroic resistance to US Jerusalem move
Ibrahim Kalin, H.R. McMaster talk Syria, Iraq, Fetullah Terrorist Organization, according to Turkish presidential statement