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Erdogan welcomes Syria strikes against Assad regime

Erdogan welcomes Syria strikes against Assad regime

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

Erdogan underlined that Assad regime's attacks with both chemical and conventional weapons should end.

The U.S., the United Kingdom and France hit Syria with air strikes early on Saturday in response to a suspected poison gas attack that killed more than 70 civilians last week, in the biggest intervention by Western powers against Syrian regime leader Bashar al-Assad. The leaders also emphasized that the lasting peace can only be reached through a political settlement, the NTV broadcaster reported.

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Turkey is a vocal critic of Assad's regime in Damascus and backed rebels fighting for his ouster.

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.

In their phone conversation, Erdogan and Putin confirmed resolution to continue joint effort to find a political solution to the Syrian crisis, and agreed to stay in close contact on bilateral and regional issues.

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Turkish President Recep Erdogan has warned against further escalation in Syria in a phone talk with UK PM Theresa May.

"I clearly declare that the president of the United States, the president of France and the British prime minister are criminals", Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said in a speech, according to his Twitter account.

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. "Base Incirlik was not involved in the strike". There is no doubt in the global community's conscience on this matter.

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