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Syria calls on Turkey, Gulf countries to reconsider their stands: paper

08-10-2011 09:00 BJT Special Report:Unrest in Syria |

DAMASCUS, Aug. 9 (Xinhua) -- Syria is hopeful that Turkey and Gulf countries would "quickly correct their stands," the state-run Al-Baath newspaper said Tuesday in an editorial, after Kuwait, Saudi Arabia and Bahrain recalled their envoys to Damascus.

Damascus still believes that its real ties with those countries "can end political differences if there are good intentions," Al- Baath newspaper said.

The paper said the Gulf and Turkish stands have come in line with the United States and the European counties in "disregarding what the Syrian people is subject to terrorism, and denying the right of Syria to confront it and protect its people."

It said the Gulf stands were "unanticipated because they are brothers and the Turkish stand was also unexpected because they ( the Turks) are friends."

Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu will visit Damascus to demand an end to Syria's military crackdown against anti- government protesters.

Two days ago, Syrian president' adviser, Buthayna Shaaban, said if the Turkish minister brings with a "firm" message, he would hear "stronger words" from the Syrian leadership for his country's failure to condemn what "armed and terrorist groups" are doing in the country.

In a statement, the Syrian Foreign Ministry expressed Sunday dismay over the statement issued by the six-nation Gulf Cooperation Council calling for an immediate end to the violence and for a prompt implementation of reforms in Syria.

The ministry said the GCC statement "entirely disregarded facts presented by Syria, both in terms of slaughter and sabotage acts perpetrated by armed groups that target Syria's security and sovereignty, or in terms of the package of significant reforms announced by Syrian President Bashar Assad" in a speech he made on June 20.

Editor:Wang Xiaomei |Source: Xinhua

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