Baku-APA. Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said Friday that more than 10 ministers from different countries will attend the upcoming Friends of Syria donor meeting and discuss the long-time crisis in Istanbul on April 20, APA reports quoting Xinhua.
Davutoglu made the statement at the concluding session of the Istanbul Conference on Mediation with participation of 500 officials and specialists.
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry will also attend the meeting, which will be his third visit to Turkey in two months, according to local media.
The Friends of Syria is formed by some Western and Arab countries that support the Syrian opposition. It has held several meetings hosted by various countries since last year. Its core group includes the United States, Britain, France, Germany, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Turkey, Qatar, and Jordan.
"We hope every year we talk one successful mediation story in our meetings. However, the case of Syria is not a successful mediation... We worked more than ten months to persuade Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad not to use force against his own people but he did not listen. In the Syrian case, the only solution is that the Syrian people decide their own destiny," Davutoglu said in the conference.
He noted that there are around 300,000 Syrian refugees in Turkey and his country spends 50 to 60 million U.S. dollars every week on the refugee issues.
The second Istanbul Conference on Mediation lasted two days with focus on the growing importance of "mediation" for resolving international disputes.