Jody Gill | April 15, 2018, 6:46
Putin & Erdogan vow more cooperation on Syria after US-led airstrikes
Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said on Friday he had discussed with his USA and Russian counterparts potential steps for peace in Syria, after a series of phone calls in recent days.
Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Bekir Bozdag said the strikes had not been launched via Turkey’s southern Incirlik air base.
The US and its allies, Britain and France, carried out a wave of strikes against Assad’s government on Saturday, a week after a suspected deadly gas attack on the rebel-held Damascus suburb of Douma.
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”.
“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.
In the phone call, Erdoğan said that the regime’s bloodshed both through chemical and conventional weapons should be ended, adding that political solution is the only way for lasting peace and calm for the Syrian people.
The statement noted that attacks on civilians with weapons of mass destruction, including chemical weapons, were crimes against humanity. “The conscience of the worldwide community carries no doubt to that effect”.
Turkey, a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation ally, has long opposed Syrian President Bashar Assad, but in recent months has moved closer to Iran and Russian in seeking to end the seven-year civil war across its border.