March 25th, 2012
06:06 AM ET

U.S., Turkish leaders agree on next steps on Syria

The United States and Turkey are in "full agreement" on the next steps on Syria as world leaders continue trying to stop the year-long massacre that has killed thousands.

U.S. President Barack Obama met with Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Sunday in South Korea, ahead of this week's nuclear summit in Seoul.

The meeting was aimed at "syncing up" with Turkey - a former Syrian ally - before Istanbul hosts the next "Friends of Syria" meeting on April 1, a senior Obama administration official said. A goal of that conference is to exert pressure on Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's regime for its brutal crackdown on civilians.

Obama and Erdogan expect the upcoming conference to enhance ways to provide "non-lethal" aid to the opponents of the Syrian regime, such as medical supplies and communications equipment, said Ben Rhodes, a U.S. deputy national security advisor.

"We cannot be spectators," Erdogan said Sunday.

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  1. chrissy

    I saw there were alot of trolls this wknd

    March 26, 2012 at 1:32 am | Report abuse |
  2. Superman

    @@@chrissy. You are so right about stoping aid to these countries and the people are nice at least some of them. Its good your back! Your shoulder and now a cold? Go to arizona for two months in summer it will help you out really good the dry heat is very good for you. I usually spend at least an 1/2 hour in a sauna every time i can get in and that dry heat is so sweet! I usually fall asleep, get back to me its a little chilly up here right now but talk tommorrow!

    March 26, 2012 at 1:57 am | Report abuse |
  3. chrissy

    lol @ superman, how was the climb? And no cold, i had the flu. But i would love to go to Arizona. and California too. My nephew is in Burbank. One day maybe lmao!

    March 26, 2012 at 7:19 am | Report abuse |
  4. Superman

    @@@chrissy still on mountain,,we will start out again later in this day and make it a reall climbe for this guy. We will now adjust our schedule to make sure this guy gets to top first and than catch the sunrise from 14.411 feet and he will remember it forever! Will dig in at about 13.500ft and break trail at night descend and climb back up in morning before sunrise keep you folks posted

    March 26, 2012 at 1:06 pm | Report abuse |
  5. High Hopes

    Turkey had two significant earthquakes last year and didn't turned down any foreign aide. Some Europeans went anyway to help excavate the dead and injured. The second quake, unfortunately, caused a hotel to crumble killing foreign aid personnel as well as journalists. The Turkish people immediately started going through the bent collage of brick and concrete trying to save their friends.

    You win more allies by being kind than you do by being judgemental.

    March 26, 2012 at 5:07 pm | Report abuse |
  6. High Hopes

    It should read Turkey turned down offers of foreign...

    Sorry.

    March 26, 2012 at 5:10 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Greek American

    @chrissy
    Hello again and yes I am in Michigan. You are also in MI? Sorry I went a little overboard on the Turkey comment but I really don't like or trust them, as neither should the US.
    Hope you are well, take care.

    March 26, 2012 at 10:59 pm | Report abuse |
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