U.S. and Turkey on same page about Syria
Erdogan made the remarks during a press conference with U.S. President Barack Obama at the White House. Erdogan responded to a question about what would occur in Syria if the U.S. does not step up its involvement in the Syrian matter. Erdogan said that the U.S., and the members of the U.N. and the Arab League are sensitive to the situation in Syria.
"I like to look at things with the glass half full instead of half empty," Erdogan said. "What we would like to see is the sensitivity on the part of the international community with respect to what's going on in Syria. And this is what we, as Turkey, are striving for, and I do believe that the United States is doing the same, and other countries, the United Nations Security Council, the Arab League. And other countries, though not part of this structure, are still sensitive to what is going on in Syria."
Erdogan went on to say that the goal of Turkey is to accelerate the process in Syria that will end with the removal of a tyrannical dictatorship.
"Our goal is to see the tyranny, the dictatorship go away in Syria and to be replaced with democracy," Erdogan said. "And I think this is a collective responsibility on the part of all countries that believe in democracy. And this is what we will all continue to do."
President Obama agreed with Erdogan and said that the U.S. will work closely with Turkey to contribute to the resolution of the Syrian conflict.
"There's no magic formula for dealing with a extraordinarily violent and difficult situation like Syria's," President Obama said. "If there was, I think the Prime Minister and I would have already acted on it and it would already be finished. And instead, what we have to do is apply steady international pressure, strengthen the opposition. I do think that the prospect of talks in Geneva involving the Russians and representatives about a serious political transition that all the parties can buy into may yield results. But in the meantime, we're going to continue to make sure that we're helping the opposition, and obviously dealing with the humanitarian situation. And we'll do so in close consultation with Turkey, which obviously is deeply invested in this and with whom we've got an outstanding relationship with."