Monday, 9 July 2012
Turkish President Abdullah Gul said on Monday that there was no bilateral issue, hostility or conflict of interest between Turkey and Syria.
Gul and Benin's President Thomas Boni Yayi held a press conference in Ankara after having a meeting.
Replying to questions, Gul said that if a country used its army and armed forces against legitimate demands of its own people and bombarded its own people and cities, then that regime would not have legitimacy.
"We hope that the world will be more sensitive on the matter," he said.
Gul said that joint UN and Arab League Special Envoy on Syria Kofi Annan's six-point peace plan was the last chance, but it could not be utilized.
Answering a question on Turkey's initiatives in Africa, Gul said that Turkey had embassies in 30 African countries, stating that the number would be risen to 34 soon.
African countries also attached a great importance to Turkey, he said, adding that 17 African countries had embassies in Turkey.
Gul said that Benin's president also announced they wanted to open an embassy in Turkey.