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article imageHillary Clinton in Turkey to discuss Syrian crisis

By Paul Iddon     Aug 11, 2012 in Politics
Istanbul - U.S. Secretary of State Hilary Clinton is in Turkey where she said she has discussed with Turkey's foreign minister the best ways to support the Syrian opposition to the Assad regime.
Reports from BBC and RT state that Clinton had talks with the Turkey's Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu and discussed the Syrian crisis at length. She said the United States was increasing aid to Syrian refugees; 50,000 of which are in Turkey with more fleeing there everyday to escape the devastating war in their country. Mrs. Clinton pointed out that two million people were in need of humanitarian assistance in Syria.
The U.S. will, announced Clinton, provide an extra $5.5 million to help displaced Syrians in Turkey, this will bring U.S. aid to Syria to $82 million.
She also discussed with Mr. Davutoglu "a range of contingencies." One including the possible response by the U.S. and Turkey and other allies if Assad was to use chemical weapons. She has also indicated that the implementation of a no-fly zone over Syria was among the options on the table. But she said that the issue needed "greater in-depth analysis."
Clinton also announced that a working group will be established in Turkey to respond to the crisis south of Turkey's frontier with Syria. Clinton pointed out that "we [the United States and Turkey] have been closely coordinating over the course of this conflict," she said before adding, "but now we need to get into the real details of such operational planning. It needs to be across both of our governments."
Mrs. Clinton will be having more talks about the Syrian situation with Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and President Abdullah Gul in the coming days.
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