DAMASCUS (Agencies) – Jordan Times.Syrian President Bashar Assad, under growing foreign pressure to end a crackdown on anti-regime protests, promised on Tuesday an unceasing battle against the “terrorist groups” he claims are behind them.
“We will not waver in our pursuit of terrorist groups,” Assad told visiting Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu, according to state news agency SANA. read more
Davutoglu met with the embattled Syrian leader in Damascus earlier in the day to deliver a message that Ankara has “run out of patience” with the crackdown, which activists said cost the lives of at least 25 more people on Tuesday, Agence France-Presse reported.
Reuters quoted Davutoglu as saying at a press conference in Ankara after his visit that Turkey has demanded that the Syrian government stop killing civilians.
He said his government would be monitoring events in Syria over the coming days. Describing his talks with President Bashar Assad as frank and friendly, Davutoglu also said his government would maintain contacts with all parts of Syrian society.
Davutoglu said Turkey hoped for a peaceful transition in Syria resulting in Syrian people determining their own future. Turkey has advised Assad to enact reforms that will pave the way for Syria to move to a multi-party political system, according to Reuters.