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President Marzouki reasserts need to sort out Syrian crisis in due time without resorting to foreign military intervention

Published the:  08/03/2012

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March 08, 2012 - TAP - President of the Republic Mohamed Moncef Marzouki and his Turkish counterpart Abdullah Gul asserted, during a meeting with the press held on Thursday in the Carthage Palace, joint will to energise bilateral co-operation, notably in the economic field, underscoring the imperative to identify an urgent solution to the Syrian crisis without foreign military intervention.

The President of the Republic said, during a meeting with the press in which took part members of the two countries' delegations and representatives of the national, Turkish and foreign media, that the co-operation agreements signed between the two countries would "pave the way for the development of bilateral co-operation," commending the support provided by the Turkish government to the

Tunisian Revolution and the Palestinian cause, as well as the efforts exerted to "identify a solution to the crisis in sisterly Syria."

He voiced the hope to see security and peace prevail in Syria in the shortest terms "as part of a Syrian democratic state and a democratic regime, under one single banner, without foreign intervention, so that the Syrian people be in a position to recover its well-being," he added.

Answering the journalists' questions, President Marzouki said that "no regime could survive under violence and dictatorship", pointing out that "the force option chosen by Bachar Al-Assad against his people transformed the Syrian cause from and domestic question to an international one."

In another connection, he stressed the imperative to carry on joint action, notably with China and Russia, to identify a political solution, and not a military one, to this crisis and "convince Al-Assad that the game is over and that he should leave, as was the case of Yemen's president."

President Marzouki added, in this connection, that "Tunisia is ready to take part in the peacekeeping force, after the replacement of the Syrian regime and that it will strive together with Turkey to re-establish peace and stability in Syria."

For his part, the Turkish President highlighted the solidity of the historical relations binding the two countries, voicing the pride he takes in what was achieved by Tunisia, "a country where which sparked off of the Arab revolutions and achieved its own revolution at the slightest possible losses, a country progressing on the right path."

He added that his visit to Tunisia, at this delicate stage of its history, confirms Turkey's attachment to support the country to carry on forging ahead on the path of achieving the objectives of its revolution.

Besides, the Turkish President said that his talks with the Tunisian President notably turned on means to strengthen economic co-operation between the two countries, more particularly through inciting Turkish investors and businessmen to contribute to the development of the different fields of bilateral co-operation.

These talks, he went on saying, also provided the opportunity to discuss the main political issues on the Arab scene, on top of which the Palestinian cause and the situation in Syria, commending the support of President Marzouki to the oppressed Syrian people.

He said, in this regard, that "the Tunisian President is known for his long itinerary of human rights activist. This is why he did not keep silent in the face of the bloody events in Syria."

Answering the journalists' questions, President Gul announced the holding, very shortly, of a preparatory consultation meeting on the Istanbul Conference on the situation in Syria and fix the agenda of its works, reiterating his refusal of any foreign intervention in Syria.

Earlier, a ceremony was organized, during which the following co-operation agreements were signed between two countries' governments:

  • Execution protocol in the scientific and technological field,
  • Memorandum of understanding in the transport field,
  • Memorandum of understanding on attracting tourists from faraway markets,

Moreover, the Tunisian and Turkish leaders had a talk on means to boost co-operation and partnership relations between the two countries, as well as on several issues of mutual interest, including notably the Palestinian question and the Syrian crisis.