Erdogan welcomes Syria strikes against Assad regime

Andrew Brunson

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"Turkey considers the operation carried out early this morning by the United States, United Kingdom and France to be an appropriate response to the chemical attack which caused the deaths of many civilians in Douma on April 7", the foreign ministry said.

Also on Saturday, Erdogan discussed the US-led operation and the situation in Syria with French President Emmanuel Macron and Russian President Vladimir Putin in separate phone calls, according to state media.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has welcomed the combined strikes on Syria's alleged chemical facilities, saying that the operation sent a message to his Syrian counterpart Bashar al-Assad.

On Saturday, Trump and his allies had ordered a quick-strike overnight mission in response to a suspected chemical weapons attack a week ago on the rebel-held town of Douma that left more than 40 people dead.

During the talks Erdogan noted the inadmissibility of using both chemical weapons and conventional weapons against the peaceful population of the country.

"Turkey was informed ahead of the attack", he wrote on Twitter.

He said the only way to long-lasting peace in Syria was a "political solution", the source added. "The Incirlik base was not used in the attack".

Erdogan also said the current situation showed tensions had eased, but that he would continue his talks with his US and Russian counterparts.

Turkey's stance on the airstrikes has been generally positive, but nearly all messages urged for a political solution, reshaping Syria's future without the regime involvement and worldwide determination against the use of violence against civilians rather than conducting a single and limited action. There is no doubt in the worldwide community's conscience on this matter.

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