Erdogan says Reyhanli blasts related with Syrian regime
Speaking to reporters, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that Ankara says the attacks which have occurred in the border town of Reyhanli in the southern Turkish province of Hatay, near Syria, were arranged by a group linked to embattled Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. "When the result fully comes out, all will be publicized. However, the issue is completely related with the regime. The regime is behind this issue. This is obvious. But the regime of course has its extensions in Turkey," he said, noting that intense efforts were being exerted to shed light on these "extensions." In response to a reporter who has expressed concern over spread of war in Syria to Turkey, Erdogan responded, "We have a border line of 910 kilometers. We have to be very sensitive towards our neighbors but at the same time be very cautious. We make a step forward following our serious consultation. We won't fall into a trap but we won't avoid giving the necessary response either." Erdogan also said he would travel to Hatay after he returns to Turkey from his US visit. Erdogan is due to meet US President Barack Obama in Washington on May 16.