Turkey’s PM says Syrian tanks pulling out of Hama

Erdogan expects reforms within 15 days

Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan expressed optimism for reforms in Syria on Wednesday, saying tanks are withdrawing from the beleaguered town of Hama, where human rights groups say up to 300 people have been killed by government forces during weeks of unrest. Erdogan said he expects the government of President Bashar al-Assad to implement reforms within 15 days. Erdogan’s comments come a day after Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu met with Assad and other Syrian officials for more than six hours in Damascus. Meanwhile, reports emerged Wednesday that Syrian tanks and troops had descended upon two other towns in the northwestern region of the country, where activists say one person has been killed and 13 wounded.

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