But since pro-democracy demonstrations erupted in March in Syria, Turkey has become increasingly critical of the repressive measures used by Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's security forces.
On Thursday, Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu spoke with Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Moualem.
Subsequently, the Foreign Ministry in Ankara summoned the Syrian ambassador, reflecting the growing disquiet in Turkey.
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton expressed concern on Thursday that the reported move by Syria to surround and target the town of Khirbat al-Joz, just 500 metres (yards) from the Turkish border, marked a worrying new phase of Syria's attempt to quash anti-government protests. She said it raised the "potential of border clashes."
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