By Murat Yetkin
Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu has said that Turkey and the U.S. “synchronized” their steps on Syria, during Prime Minister Tayyip Erdoğan’s recent talks with President Barack Obama on May 16. Speaking about the Geneva conference set to be held in June, Davutoğlu added in his press conference on May 24 in Istanbul that as a result of recent efforts, 11 countries would have a “consolidated” position “for the first time” about the future of Syria, as stated in the Amman conference on May 23.
Davutoğlu said the “synchronization of steps” with the U.S. and the “consolidation of positions” in Amman were the reasons why Turkey was still hopeful about a Geneva outcome. He added that “up until Amman,” Ankara had been rather pessimistic because of the generally “wavering” performance of the West regarding the Syria crisis.