U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry heads to Jordan today for talks with Mideast and European allies to promote a negotiated end to the crisis in Syria, as government and rebel forces battle for control of the strategic city of Al-Qusair.
Communities inhabited by Shiite Muslims and President Bashar al-Assad’s Alawite minority will be “wiped off the map” if the strategic city of Al-Qusair in central Syria falls to government troops, rebel forces said.
Turkish police arrested nine suspects in connection with an attack that killed 46 people in a town near the Syrian border, as the government blamed the twin car bombings on Turks with ties to Syrian intelligence.
The Syrian opposition urged the U.S. and allies to use drones against the regime of President Bashar al-Assad, provide weapons to opposition fighters, and create a protected “no-fly zone” airspace within Syria at a meeting of allies in Istanbul yesterday.
The United Nations Security Council should create the framework for Libya’s National Transitional Council to access frozen assets and meet “urgent” financial needs, Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said.
Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said he wants an agreement on Cyprus by the end of this year, leading to a referendum on the divided island early next year and a united Cyprus by the second half of 2012, Hurriyet newspaper reported.
Turkey has begun the biggest evacuation effort in the country’s history as it transports citizens from Libya amid escalating unrest in which one Turkish citizen has died, Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said.