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Syria's foreign minister in Turkey for Gaza talks

The Turkish Foreign Ministry says Syria's foreign minister has arrived in Turkey for talks on the escalating violence in Gaza.
The ministry says Walid al-Moallem will meet with his Turkish counterpart Ali Babacan and President Abdullah Gul.
Turkey has harshly criticized its ally Israel over its ground offensive in Gaza and has urged an immediate cease-fire. It has also called on the United Nations to take steps to end the violence.
Turkey had been mediating indirect peace talks between long time enemies Syria and Israel. The negotiations were called off over the offensive. Israel says it acted to stop rocket attacks from Hamas-controlled Gaza.