Turkish Parliament Speaker Koksal Toptan said that attacks on Gaza damaged initiatives for peace and escalated violence in the region.
Unfavorable developments that have taken place in Gaza showed once again that there was need for urgent solutions to Arab-Israel and Syria-Israel issues, he said.
Addressing the Syrian Parliament in Damascus, Toptan said that Syria was a key country in regard to restoring peace and stability in the region.
Turkish and Syrian authorities should work more to boost bilateral cooperation in the areas of energy, banking and contracting services, Toptan said. Turkey has appreciated the economic reform process in Syria, he said.
Turkey has been negatively affected by clashes in the Middle East and it wanted to be the neighbor of a stable and developed Middle East which also lived in peace, Toptan said.
Toptan said Turkey exerted great efforts at international platform for restoring lasting peace in the region.
Syrian Parliament Speaker Mahmoud al-Abrash said the path followed by Turkey was the most accurate one and they missed a world where there was no bloodshed.
Last Mod: 17 Şubat 2009, 18:11