Turkey's Erdogan welcomes United States, allied strike on Syria chemical weapons sites

Turkey's Erdogan welcomes United States, allied strike on Syria chemical weapons sites

The strikes came after the Assad regime was accused of carrying out a chemical attack in Syria's Douma, which killed 78 civilians and injured hundreds of others.

On Friday night, the United States, France, and the United Kingdom launched strikes on a number of targets in Syria in response to the alleged chemical incident in the Damascus' suburb of Duma.

The Turkish Foreign Ministry has commented on the operation launched by the US, UK and France against the Syrian regime.

Meanwhile, Mahir Ünal, longtime-ruling Justice and Development Party's (AKP) Deputy and Spokesperson, said Turkey was informed about the operaton prior to the strikes on April 14, speaking to private broadcaster CNN Türk.

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"Incirlik Base was not used [in the strikes]", Bozdağ added, referring to the US military air base placed in Turkey's southern province of Adana.

Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan held a phone conversation on Saturday, during which they discussed missile strikes of the United States and its allies on Syria and agreed to intensify bilateral cooperation aimed at political settlement of the Syrian crisis. The Turkish leader also emphasised the importance of de-escalating the tension in the region.

"We see this attack as a sanction against the use of chemical weapons and a stern warning to Assad against attacking his own people with chemicals", he added. "The conscience of the global community carries no doubt to that effect", it added. 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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