Turkey's Erdogan backs strikes on Syrian chemical facilities

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President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Saturday spoke over the phone separately with his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron and Russian President Vladimir Putin, according to presidential sources.

Erdogan told May that the only way to long-lasting peace in Syria was a "political solution", the source added.

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

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 Turkish leader also emphasised the importance of de-escalating the tension in the region. Turkey was informed about the attack prior to it.

Turkey is a vocal critic of Assad's regime in Damascus and backed militants fighting for his ouster. "Base Incirlik was not involved in the strike".

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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.

The Turkish foreign ministry likewise welcomed the operation, saying that it "has eased humanity's conscience in the face of the attack in Douma, largely suspected to have been carried out by the regime".

Ankara 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 worldwide community is in no doubt about that".

Both the regime of Syria's Bashar al-Assad and Russian Federation, its ally, have denied all responsibility for the April 7 attack.

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