Turkey says was informed ahead of air strikes on Syria

14 April, 2018, 20:22 | Author: Edward Snyder
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"We consider this operation as appropriate", Erdogan told a meeting of his ruling party in Istanbul.

"Turkey was informed ahead of the attack", he wrote on Twitter.

Government spokesman and Deputy Prime Minister Bekir Bozdağ said the USA did not use the Incirlik air base located in southern Adana province in the attacks.

On Friday night, the U.S. President Donald Trump announced that the U.S., the United Kingdom and France jointly launched strikes targeting the Assad regime's alleged chemical weapons capabilities after a suspected chemical attack killed dozens outside of Damascus.

"We welcome this operation which has eased humanity's conscience in the face of the attack in Douma, largely suspected to have been carried out by the regime", the Turkish foreign ministry said in a statement.




Turkish presidential spokesman Ibrahim Kalin said that the destruction of chemical weapons in Syria is not enough to end instability in the region as thousands of people are killed by conventional weapons. "The conscience of the worldwide community carries no doubt to that effect".

The talks come after Trump warned Russian Federation over its support for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, saying United States missiles "will be coming" in response to an alleged chemical weapons attack.

"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.

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and British Prime Minister Theresa May discussed the latest developments in Syria over the phone on Saturday.

Ankara backs rebel forces seeking Assad's ouster while Moscow remains a major ally of the regime in Damascus.

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