Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu met with his Iranian counterpart Ali Akbar Salehi in the Turkish capital, Ankara.
Turkish diplomatic sources close to the behind-doors meeting cited Davutoglu as conveying Salehi Turkey's reactions over remarks by senior Iranian officials on Turkey's policy regarding the Syrian crisis.
Sources cited Davutoglu as telling his Iranian counterpart that no one could characterize Turkey as being responsible for developments in Syria and that such remarks could not be accepted.
Sources said the two ministers agreed that the situation in Syria had become grave and that the bloodshed must stop urgently.
Sources said Salehi reiterated Iran's request for Turkey's help for the safe release of 48 Iranian pilgrims who were kidnapped in Syria as Davutoglu had pledged that Turkey would do everything in its power on humanitarian concerns.
Sources said Davutoglu and Salehi also discussed developments in Egypt, Libya, Tunisia, Somalia and Myanmar as well as Iran's nuclear program.