ANKARA – Anadolu Agency
President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on April 16 urged the importance of establishing a “new foundation for peace in the world.”
“Let’s lay down a new foundation for peace in the world. Let’s not allow the bombing of countries at random. Let’s not allow the pounding of barrel bombs,” Erdoğan told a congress in Istanbul.
He also referred to the April 14 U.S.-led airstrikes on targets of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad after the alleged use of chemical weapons by the Damascus regime, saying conventional weapons have killed far more civilians in the country.
“They said ‘chemical weapons’ and attacked … They said ‘we attacked due to the use of chemical weapons.’ But why are you only looking at chemical weapons? Why you are not assessing conventional weapons too? One person is dying from chemical weapons but 10 people are dying from conventional weapons,” Erdoğan added.
The U.S., U.K., and France early on April 14 launched airstrikes on al-Assad regime chemical weapons facilities in Syria.
The strikes came after the regime reportedly carried out a chemical attack in Douma, Syria, killing 78 civilians and injuring hundreds of others.
In his April 16 speech, Erdoğan also criticized “imperialist powers” for not taking in enough Syrian refugees while Turkey hosts around 3.5 million Syrians.