Turkey's Erdogan backs strikes on Syrian chemical facilities

Andrew Brunson

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Turkey's social democrat opposition party has said it disapproved the military strike carried out by the United States-led Western powers into Syria without solid evidence that chemical weapons were used by the Syrian regime and has urged the Turkish government to follow a cautious policy in the Middle East.

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. The leaders also emphasized that the lasting peace can only be reached through a political settlement, the NTV broadcaster reported.

According to presidential sources, Erdoğan reiterated that Turkey strongly condemns the use of chemical weapons, while Macron gave information about the operation jointly conducted by the U.S., France and the United Kingdom.

The spokesman stressed that in order to prevent further deaths in Syria a political solution was urgently needed.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan held telephone conversations with the presidents of Russian Federation and France Vladimir Putin and Emmanuel Macron, Turkish media reports.

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. Turkey was informed about the attack prior to it.

Turkey, a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation ally, has long opposed Syrian President Bashar Assad, but in recent months has moved closer to Iran and Russian in seeking to end the seven-year civil war across its border. "Base Incirlik was not involved in the strike".

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.

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