The Turkish Prime Minister, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, said Wednesday that the unacceptable status quo in Gaza must end immediately.
Israel has so far killed nearly 400 Palestinians in five days of air strikes over Gaza and rejected France's truce proposal to let humanitarian aid.
Erdogan and his delegation was received by the Syrian President Bashar al-Asad in Damascus on Wednesday.
Speaking to reporters while meeting al-Asad, Erdogan said that the unacceptable situation in Gaza must be ended immediately.
I have come to Damascus to evaluate what we can do together as the regional countries, Erdogan said.
Erdogan stressed that he will travel to Jordan on Wednesday evening, Egypt on Thursday and Saudi Arabia on Saturday to discuss the developments in Gaza as regional countries.
Receiving Erdogan and his delegation, al-Asad said that "just as feelings are shared so should be policies".
"Turkey has taken a very positive stance on the region again. This is not the first time that Turkey has taken a stance. Turkey displayed a stance in 2003 on Iraq. Today, Turkey has taken a stance on Gaza," al-Asad said.
This visit of Erdogan to Damascus will have a great impact on Turkey's regional role, al-Asad said.
We must share our policies on Gaza just as we do with our feelings, al-Asad said.
Erdogan's meeting with al-Asad later continued behind closed doors.
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