Turkey's door remains open to Syrian refugees: minister

2013-04-05 10:26:01 GMT2013-04-05 18:26:01(Beijing Time)  Xinhua English

ISTANBUL, April 5 (Xinhua) -- Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu reaffirmed here on Friday that Turkey's door remains open to Syrian refugees.

"If all Syrian brothers and sisters come to us and ask for food, we will support them without any limitation. Through Syria, Turkey will construct a new relation with Arab world," Davutoglu said at the Turkish-Arab Economic Forum.

Davutoglu indicated that Turkey would support Syrian opposition to open embassy in Ankara, like Qatar did in Doha late March.

More than 200 political leaders and businessmen from Turkey and Arab countries attended the two-day forum, discussing how to establish common markets, improve economic ties and lift visa restrictions between Turkey and Arab countries.

The Turkish foreign minister said that Turks and Arabs share the same cultural background and civilization legacies. "This region used to be divided into colonial zones. However, it is time for us to end the division, come together and redefine a new geographic approach. We want to maximize economic integration with Arab countries," he said.

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