Relations between Turkey and Syria will be up to Syrian government's response to Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu who will pay a critical visit to Damascus today. Prior to the visit, the government discussed the last messages to be conveyed to Damascus at a meeting at the Prime Ministry Office. Davutoglu will call on Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to stop acts of violence. If Syrian government gives a positive response, it will be given time. But if Damascus says no, Ankara will hold off.
GUL: "WE ARE A SOURCE OF INSPIRATION"
President Abdullah Gul said in an interview with the Japanese newspaper Nikkei, "Turkey has been playing an active role in its region. The Middle East follows Turkey's democratization process. Turkey is a source of inspiration for the regional countries."
U.S. QUAKE IN MARKETS
Decrease in the credit rating of the United States caused a 4-5 percent loss in world stock exchanges. The biggest hit was on Istanbul Stock Exchange (ISE) with 7.08 percent. The U.S. dollar reached 1.76 Turkish lira (TL). Central Bank stated that there was no stagnation risk for Turkey.
EYES ON DAVUTOGLU'S VISIT TO DAMASCUS
While civilian killings are continuing in Syria, Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu will pay a critical visit to that country today. International community is also closely following the visit. Davutoglu will hold a tete-a-tete meeting with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, and convey "friendly and brotherly" warnings of Turkey. He will ask Syria to immediately quit using violence on civilians. The visit may be a beginning of a new period in Turkey-Syria relations.
Prior to Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu's visit to Damascus, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan convened a security summit in Ankara and USA sent a diplomat to Ankara. Besides Davutoglu, Interior Minister Ismet Yilmaz and new chief of the General Staff Gen. Necdet Ozel were in attendance at the meeting at the Prime Ministry Office. Meanwhile, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton called Davutoglu on phone and asked him to convey the message to President Bashar al-Assad to put an immediate end to the massacre.
"WE INSPIRE MIDDLE EAST"
President Abdullah Gul has said that Turkey was an exemplary country in the region with its democratization process. In an interview with the Japanese daily Nikkei, President Gul said, "we historically and geographically have the capability to take a leading role in the region. We are making efforts to ensure stability in our region. We inspire the Middle Eeast."
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