Turkey Develops into a Diplomatic Hub for Syria and Israel

During his Istanbul press conference held on 21 April 2013, Secretary of State John Kerry concluded that the United States as well as Turkey and Israel should have mutual interests as concerns the security arrangement in Syria.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry gestures during a news conference in Istanbul April 21, 2013. REUTERS/Evan Vucci/Pool

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry gestures during a news conference in Istanbul April 21, 2013. REUTERS/Evan Vucci/Pool

Releasing the photo I also hosted here on Friday with the condolences addressed by the Syrian Revolution to Boston Marathon victims was a strong solidarity and commitment sign for the United States as Secretary of State John Kerry had met with the representatives of the Syrian Opposition on Sunday to “hear and listen” their vision of a political resolution and transition from the current regime, but also to agree on a second round of non-lethal aid delivered through Turkey.

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While announcing the US non-lethal aid including medical supplies, the press pointed out yesterday that the first round of non-lethal aid due to be delivered on February had not completely reached its destination hence the probability of things repeating themselves this second time might affect effective commitment to the Syrian Opposition.  Kerry said that coordination of aid delivery was experiencing some delivery bottlenecks that will eventually be cleared by the Turkish side.

John Kerry stated that the security in the region for all NATO states is of primary importance and it would be beneficial that all NATO allies put their differences aside in addressing the Syrian conflict.

Comparing it to Germany’s economic and diplomatic development in the wake of World War II, Kerry placed Turkey as an important emerging dialogue facilitator in reviving the regional peace process between Israel and the Palestinian Authority. Practically, Turkey developed into a diplomatic hub for the Middle East with the accompanying vulnerabilities.

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2 Responses to Turkey Develops into a Diplomatic Hub for Syria and Israel

  1. This situation seems to be so precarious and I don’t understand the role the US adopts in these areas. Non-lethal seems to turn lethal on a dime.

    • Cristina P. says:

      The US have not yet agreed on supplying lethal aid probably because this would mean open war with Syria’s regime and the war flames would bring new actors (State and non-State that are difficult to control) willing to play with guns. US has expanded its aid to defensive non-lethal equipment but this does not mean lethal components. Providing lethal aid in the area when there is no definite UN Resolution and no consensus would equate war in the region. Each party has different interests over there.

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