Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan met Syrian President Bashar al-Assad with recent global and regional developments high on their agenda.
The two-hour meeting took place in the Syrian city of Aleppo following a ground-breaking ceremony for the Friendship Dam to be built jointly by Turkey and Syria on the River Asi.
Besides Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu, Syrian Prime Minister Naji al-Utri and Foreign Minister Walid Mualem were also in attendance at the meeting.
(Syrian Prime Minister Mohammed Naji al-Otari and his Turkish counterpart Tayyip Erdogan (R) shake hands during a ceremony to lay the base stone of the Friendship Dam between Syria and Turkey at al-Assi river in al-Allani village, northern Syria.)
Prime Minister Erdogan and President al-Assad said in a joint statement released after the meeting that they agreed to make more efforts to prevent new sufferings in the region.
"We hope that security and stability would be ensured in Egypt in the shortest time possible. Egyptian people's demands and expectations should be met," they said.
Referring to recent developments in Lebanon, the leaders said that they would do their utmost to help Lebanon reach security, stability and prosperity soon.
(A Turkish band dances during a ceremony organized to lay the base stone of a Friendship Dam between Syria and Turkey in al-Allani village, northern Syria.)
The leaders also highlighted importance of high-level and transparent dialogue between Turkey and Syria in efforts to find solutions to the regional problems.
"Our economic cooperation will consolidate friendly relations between Turkish and Syrian peoples. It will also contribute to stability and security of the other regional peoples," they added.
Earlier on Sunday, Prime Minister Erdogan and his Syrian counterpart al-Utri attended the ground-breaking ceremony for the Friendship Dam to be built jointly by Turkey and Syria on the River Asi.
Turkey's prime minister praised booming ties with Syria, saying that the joint dam project at the border between the two neighbours would further strengthen cooperation.
"We want the whole region to prosper, together with Turkey... that we struggle not to walk all over each other but to help each other. And we have achieved this with Syria," Recep Tayyip Erdogan said in televised remarks at the Turkish-Syrian border.
(A helicopter carrying Turkey's Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan flies over al-Assi river in al-Allani village, northern Syria.)
"We have always said that there should be no problems between brothers... and that if there are any, they should be resolved," he said.
The dam -- 850 metres (2,800 feet) long and 14.5 metres (48 feet) high -- will generate 16 million kilowatt-hours of electricity per year and enable the irrigation of 10,000 hectares (25,000 acres) of land in both countries.
The river springs from Lebanon, then flows across northwest Syria into Turkey before reaching the Mediterranean.
Turkey and Syria also plan to set up a joint bank, inaugurate a high-speed train between Aleppo and the southern Turkish city of Gaziantep and link their natural gas networks as part of other projects by the end of 2011, he added.
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