POLITICS > Turkish PM couldn’t get what he expected on Syria from US visit: NGO head


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Erdoğan went to the United States for an official visit last week and met President Barack Obama at the White House on May 16. DHA Photo

Erdoğan went to the United States for an official visit last week and met President Barack Obama at the White House on May 16. DHA Photo

Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan did not get what he was hoping for on the Syria issue from his U.S. visit, according to the head of the International Crisis Group.

“Regarding the Syrian issue, I think he [Erdoğan] couldn’t get what he expected,” Hugh Pope told daily Hürriyet, adding that the most significant message from Erdoğan’s visit was that the U.S. did not have any intention of conducting a military operation in Syria to topple the Bashar al-Assad regime.

“The most significant message is this: The United States has no intention of any military operation to topple the al-Assad regime. If Erdoğan was expecting that, then he should have been disappointed, because for one and a half years he has become quite isolated over his policy demanding al-Assad to go,” Pope said. A recent report by the group said Turkey has struggled to find the right response to the Syrian civil war and must stop betting its reputation on a quick resolution to the crisis.

Asked if Erdoğan was isolated in the Western bloc, Pope said: “No, I’m talking about a more general situation here. No one is closer to the fire than Turkey. Turkey pays the cost of the ongoing events.” Pope also said the Syrian crisis has shown Turkey’s insufficiency in solving crises in the region on its own.

Erdoğan went to the United States for an official visit last week and met President Barack Obama at the White House on May 16. The two agreed on a ‘Syria without al-Assad.’


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mara mcglothin

5/21/2013 3:40:37 PM

AMERICAN Conveniently DOGAN can blame all the problems in the World on America. Same song, second verse.

Eric Martin

5/21/2013 11:56:48 AM

PM Erdogan looks very weak here as a leader of the military. We wasted our chance to counter strike. Now we look like a target. Unfortunately the Turkish public have become cowards. Haven't read one journalist say strike Syria. Not one.

two sides to every coin

5/21/2013 10:49:27 AM

I have to agree with Mike a little on this one, Mr Erdogan if you are so concerned about Syria (a neighbor and of course like Turkey Islamic) then send your own troops in to help, you are next door to them so could help quickly. Another case of sitting on the fence and all talk with no action.

dogan kemal ileri

5/21/2013 10:43:25 AM

American American the answer is the same

Pawel Bury

5/21/2013 9:23:28 AM

It's kind of difficult to understand Erdogan's persistence to start up a war in the region. Luckily the international community has other things in mind than a sectarian conflict. Plus they will never give up Syria to fanatic Islamists.

mr who

5/21/2013 3:39:16 AM

Of course there is winners and losers and the winner in the right corner is the undefeated champion Bashar al –Assad

american american

5/21/2013 12:40:39 AM

that lack of resources and courage is (er)dogan kemal ileri's reason for america...what's his excuse for turkey?

dogan kemal ileri

5/20/2013 10:07:32 PM

USA have spent 6 TRILLION dollars to fight a war in Iraq which surely is the cause of their present economic malaise. Obama would like to topple Esad but lacks the resources or the courage. How on earth is he going to sort out Iran which is 10 times the strength of Syria heaven knows. Israel is going to feel pretty lonely and isolated in the ME as USA are hell bent on making a quick exit to new territories in the Pacific.

mike alexander

5/20/2013 9:34:25 PM

Really Mr Erdogan and Mr Davoduglu, you cannot try to show that your country is a super power, and at the same time continue to hide behind America and other powers all the times. If you want to have a war with Syria, just do it with your own forces. Don't become the life stock of the world by just threatening countries and then keep asking somebody else to do the job for you before you are afraid. That is the reason even Cyprus do not pay attention to your threats !


5/20/2013 7:30:47 PM

If he really did expect US to lead militarily or support such an action directly, then he deserved to be disappointed, but I doubt it. He needed some cover against Russians in UNSC and weighed various options available to Turkey, none very appealing.
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