|Date: 28/04/2012 Time: 06:58:00 PM
The Syrian Foreign Ministry said on Saturday
Damascus is interested in having best relations with the Turkish people.
"Syria will remain committed to maintain best relations with the friendly
people of Turkey," Spokesman for the Ministry Jihad Maqdisi said in a
"Its (Syria) doors are open to the Turkish people who believe in good
neighborly relations and the joint history binding the two friendly peoples as
the geographical and historical ties are stronger than personal grudges," he
However, he blasted that Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, and
Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu are still announcing provocative statements
that aim at complicating the situation in Syria, systematically straining the
bilateral relations and, at the same time, are contrary with the plan of the
UN envoy to Syria Kofi Annan.
He added: "Syria didn't threaten at any time the Turkish borders because we
consider them as borders of friendship and good-neighborliness," expressing
Syria's concern over Erdogan's threats to bring the NATO to protect his
borders with Syria.
The statement underscored that protecting the joint borders doesn't require
more than genuine commitment to Annan's plan and adherence to the
good-neighborly policy which Erdogan has abandoned through his policy of
aggravation and hosting tamed groups which don't believe in the political