Will Assad-Erdogan love affair last?
Recent 'honeymoon' between Ankara, Damascus put to test following latest crisis in Syria. Erdogan expresses support for Assad, but at same time urges him to enact democratic reforms. Experts analyze balancing act between mutual interests, need to preserve democracy and human rights
"Ankara has been having a love affair with Damascus in the past few years; the Syria-Turkey relations is an extraordinary journey from hostile states to best friends," Turkish newspaper Todays Zaman wrote last week.
The op-ed piece called on Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan to pressure Syrian President Bashar Assad into launching democratic reforms.
Erdogan walked on egg shells this week – expressing support for his Syrian counterpart, while at the same time advising him to take a democratic approach toward the protester
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