Turkey's Incirlik Airbase Wasn't Used for Airstrikes on Syria - Deputy PM

14 April, 2018, 20:21 | Author: Diane Mills
  • Operation launched by US, Britain and France against Syrian regime is appropriate reaction: Turkish Foreign Ministry

Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Bekir Bozdag said the strikes had not been launched via Turkey's southern Incirlik air base.

"We welcome this operation that articulates the conscience of humanity to a chemical attack in Douma, which has a strong suspicion of being carried out by the Assad regime", the Turkish Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

Turkey has been working with Russian Federation and Iran through the so-called Astana process to achieve peace in Syria, but it has rejected direct dialogue with Damascus until now.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and U.S. counterpart Donald Trump discussed the crisis in Syria during a telephone conversation late on Wednesday, officials said.

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

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Erdogan said the only way to end Syrian regime's persecution through chemical and conventional weapons as well as to establish lasting peace in the country was via a political solution. "The conscience of the global community carries no doubt to that effect".

"We see this attack as a sanction against the use of chemical weapons and a stern warning to Assad against attacking his own people with chemicals", he added.

Erdogan and Trump "exchanged views on the latest developments in Syria", a Turkish presidential source said, without providing further details.

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

And in recent months, Turkey has worked closely with Russian Federation despite their differences.

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