Erdoğan, Macron discuss Syria air strikes in phone call

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"Those who are responsible for this heinous attack should pay the price".

The U.S., U.K., and France launched airstrikes on the Assad regime's alleged chemical weapons facilities in Syria earlier on Saturday.

"The innocent Syrian people should have been defended long ago", Erdogan added.

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.

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According to presidential sources, Erdoğan reiterated that Turkey strongly condemns the use of chemical weapons, while Macron gave information about the operation jointly conducted by the U.S., France and the United Kingdom. He stressed that the political solution is necessary to bring peace in the country.

Turkey's stance on the airstrikes has been generally positive, but nearly all messages urged for a political solution, reshaping Syria's future without the regime involvement and global determination against the use of violence against civilians rather than conducting a single and limited action.

They agreed to "stay in close touch on both bilateral and regional issues".

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

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In a statement, the Turkish foreign ministry said the US-led operation "has eased humanity's conscience in the face of" the suspected chemical attack. "The Incirlik base was not used in the attack".

Ankara said the attacks, with weapons of mass destruction, including chemical weapons, that indiscriminately target civilians, "constitute crimes against humanity" and they should not go unpunished.

Calling on the worldwide community to unite in order to prevent any such chemical attacks in the future, he said: "Efforts to only destroy chemical weapons will not be enough to end the instability in the region".

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