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Turkey's ambassador to Syria visits Hama: report

2011-08-10 14:02:59 GMT2011-08-10 22:02:59(Beijing Time)  Xinhua English

DAMASCUS, Aug. 10 (Xinhua) -- Turkish ambassador to Syria Omer Onhon visited Wednesday the focal point city of Hama amid the nationwide unrest after Syrian army troops began to withdraw fully from the city, the private Sham FM radio reported.

The report said the ambassador was accompanied with Hama's Governor Anas Naem in a tour in the city and met local residents, who expressed their happiness and gratitude that life has returned to normalcy after the army intervened.

Earlier in the day, Syrian troops in tanks and armored vehicles have started a full withdrawal from the city, which has been a flash point of five-month-old protest in the country, according to a Xinhua reporter in a government-organized tour to visit the city on Wednesday.

The ambassador's visit to Hama came a day after Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu visited the Syrian capital of Damascus, during which he urged Syria to end military campaign and stressed, according to the official SANA news agency, that Syria under the leadership of President Bashar al-Assad would become a model in the Arab world after the implementation of reforms.

Meanwhile, Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Moallem said Wednesday his country was determined to go on with the national dialogue and accomplish the package of reforms announced by the president, vowing that Syria would emerge from the crisis " stronger and more powerful."

Moallem made the remarks during a meeting with a delegation of diplomats from Brazil, India and South Africa, who arrived at Damascus earlier in the day to hold consultations with Moallem, according to a media source from the Brazilian embassy in Damascus.

Syria has come under international pressure for its alleged crackdown on anti-government protestors. The authorities brushed off the pressures as "interference in the country's affairs" and blamed the violence on armed thugs and ultraconservative Muslims who want to establish an Islamic emirate.


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