Erdogan discusses Syria with French, Russian leaders

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Erdogan discusses Syria with French, Russian leaders

The Turkish Foreign Ministry has commented on the operation launched by the US, UK and France against the Syrian regime.

He said the only way to long-lasting peace in Syria was a "political solution", the source added.

Presidents Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey and Vladimir Putin of Russian Federation hold a joint news conference after their meeting in Ankara, Turkey, April 4, 2018.

Earlier in the day, several targets in Syria were hit by over 100 cruise missiles and surface-to-air missiles fired jointly by the US, Britain and France, in a punitive strike over an alleged chemical incident in Douma blamed on the Syrian government.

During the talks Erdogan noted the inadmissibility of using both chemical weapons and conventional weapons against the peaceful population of the country.

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

Erdogan also said the current situation showed tensions had eased, but that he would continue his talks with his US and Russian counterparts.

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.

Erdogan also had an "exchange of views" over the US-led strikes, in a phone call with Russian President Vladimir Putin late on Saturday, the Turkish presidential source said.

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

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". "Base Incirlik was not involved in the strike".

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