Turkish army to train Syrian army

January 31, 2011, Monday/ 13:06:00

Turkey and Syria have agreed on training of Syrian army by Turkish military, sources said on Monday.

Sources told the Anatolia news agency that Turkey's Deputy Chief of General Staff Aslan Güner visited Damascus, Syria in December and debated training of Syrian army.

During his visit, Guner participated in Turkey-Syria High-Level Military Dialogue Meeting. Sources said two countries debated training of armed forces during the meeting.

In this context, the two countries also discussed in detail the training of Syrian soldiers by Turkish soldiers.

Some circles think that Syrian army, which had been an ally of the former Soviet Union for years, could assume western style in case Syrian soldiers are trained by Turkish soldiers.

Turkish and Syrian army came to the brink of war in 1998 as Syria sheltered the terrorist organization PKK. However, the two countries launched a cooperation against the PKK with the Adana Agreement signed the same year and defined as the turning point of Turkish-Syrian political relations. After the agreement, Syrian security forces staged many operations against the terrorist organization.

Relations between Turkish and Syrian armies have been boosted with reciprocal visits of officers, and the two armies have exercised joint operations in recent years.

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