Emergency meeting in Ankara on Syria

The developments in Syria and the possibility of military intervention have caused concern in Ankara about the prospect of some sort of retaliation on the part of Damascus.

This is the reason why Turkish prime minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan will hold an emergency meeting with ministers and government officials in Ankara.

Those expected to take part in the meeting include foreign minister Ahmet Davutoglu, the commander of MIT Hakan Fidan and defence minister Yilmaz Iset. The meeting will begin in the afternoon.

According to the newspaper Taraf, the Turkish Air Force has moved 20 F16 aircraft to the Diyarbakir base in southeastern Turkey. The biggest fear of Ankara is a potential hit from the side of Syria with chemical weapons, an action that is not easy to deal with.

Turkish foreign minister Davutoglu had a telephone conversation with his US counterpart John Kerry and his British counterpart William Hague.

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(Photo of Erdogan: Polish Senate)