Speaker of Turkish Parliament Koksal Toptan said Sunday that Turkey did not wish to see bloodshed in the region.
Koksal Toptan arrived in Syria's capital city of Damascus on Sunday with a parliamentary delegation. Mahmoud al-Abrash, the speaker of the Syrian People's Assembly, greeted Toptan at the Damascus International Airport.
Speaking to reporters at the airport, Toptan said, "as Turkey, our reaction was to the world's neglectful attitude on attacks taking place on Gaza".
"There could not be any political and military justification for killing children," Toptan said.
Touching on Turkish-Syrian relations, Toptan said that the relations were "excellent" in the past few years.
"My current visit to Syria would boost relations," Toptan said.
"Turkey's attitude on the regional Arabic and Muslim incidents have pleased the countries of the region," al-Abrash said.
Toptan will begin his formal talks on Monday, and meet Syrian Prime Minister Muhammad Naji al-Utri, and be received by President Bashar al-Asad.
Turkish Parliament Speaker Toptan will have a meeting with his Syrian counterpart al-Abrash, and address the Syrian parliament.
On Tuesday, Toptan will proceed to the Syrian city of Aleppo.
Toptan will return to Turkey on Wednesday.
Last Mod: 16 Şubat 2009, 11:45