Washington will hasten the end of… the Assad regime." US Secretary of State Hillary ClintonThe United States and Turkey have repeated calls for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to step down. US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu held a joint press conference in Istanbul on Saturday. Clinton said Washington will "hasten the end of… the Assad regime," adding the US is worried about the presence of the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) in Syria along the Turkish border.
"We share Turkey's determination that Syria must not become a haven for PKK terrorists whether now or after the departure of the Assad regime," she said.Reports say the Democratic Union of Kurdistan (PYD), the PKK's offshoot in Syria, has taken over three villages in the north of the country over the past few weeks. Meanwhile, the Turkish foreign minister stated that in his meeting with the US secretary of state the two sides discussed the ways of assisting the opposition inside Syria.
"We need to take joint efforts to prevent a power vacuum from being formed," Davutoglu said.The anti-Syria Western regimes have been calling for the Syrian president to step down, but Russia and China remain strongly opposed to the Western drive to oust Assad. President Assad told the Turkish Cumhuriyet daily in an interview in July that Turkey "has supplied all logistic support to the terrorists who have killed our people." HSN/JR/IS