Turkish presidential aide urges unity post Syria strike

Randolph Lopez
April 16, 2018

Erdogan discussed the US -led airstrikes against Bashar al-Assad regime in Syria as well as bilateral and regional issues with the French and Russian leaders, said the sources on the condition of anonymity due to restrictions on talking to the media.

Turkey regarded the operation launched by the US, Britain and France against the Syrian regime in response to the chemical attack in Duma on April 7 as appropriate response, APA reports. Turkey was informed about the attack prior to it.

Erdogan underlined that Assad regime's attacks with both chemical and conventional weapons should end. The Turkish leader also emphasised the importance of de-escalating the tension in the region.

Washington believes both sarin and chlorine were used in the attack, a senior U.S. administration official told reporters on Saturday.

The president and his Russian counterpart agreed to work to reduce tension and continue efforts for a political solution regarding the Syrian crisis, presidential sources said.

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In a statement, the Turkish foreign ministry said the US-led operation "has eased humanity's conscience in the face of" the suspected chemical attack.

It said the attacks, with weapons of mass destruction, including chemical weapons, that indiscriminately target civilians, "constitute crimes against humanity" and they should not go unpunished.

"The conscience of the global community is in no doubt about that".

In recent months, however, it has closely worked with Russian Federation for a political solution in Syria even though Moscow remains a chief ally of the regime.

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