Saturday, 15 December, 2018

Turkey welcomes US-led joint airstrikes on Syria

Operation launched by US, Britain and France against Syrian regime is appropriate reaction: Turkish Foreign Ministry Turkey says was informed ahead of air strikes on Syria
Deanna Wagner | 15 April, 2018, 01:07

The statement noted that attacks on civilians with weapons of mass destruction, including chemical weapons, were crimes against humanity.

Calling on the global community to unite in order to prevent any such chemical attacks in the future, he said: "Efforts to only destroy chemical weapons will not be enough to end the instability in the region".

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.

President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and his French counterpart Emanuel Macron have discussed the recent US -led air strikes on Syria in a phone call late Saturday.

"We find the operation appropriate", Erdoğan said, welcoming the strikes.

"The innocent Syrian people should have been defended long ago", he added, according to a report from the Reuters news agency.

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"Instead of transferring a massive amount of resources to arms projects, let's use this wealth for the benefit of humanity", said the president.

He said it would be wrong to expect the previous attacks by the Syrian regime to remain unanswered.

Speaking at the sixth ordinary congress of the ruling Justice and Development (AK) Party in Istanbul, Yildirim said: "We see this [U.S. -led airstrikes] as a positive step but more needs to be done for lasting peace".

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

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