Vastavam web: Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan today welcomed Western strikes against Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad’s regime as “appropriate” in retaliation for Damascus’ “inhumane” attacks.”We consider this operation as appropriate,” Erdogan told a meeting of his ruling party in Istanbul.”The regime has seen that its mounting attacks in recent days against dissidents will not be left unanswered.”Erdogan said he had a “sleepless night” as he monitored all the developments.
“It is not possible for us to approve the situation encountered by (Syrian) babies as a result of the use of chemicals weapons,” he said.The Turkish leader told May his country “clearly condemned” the use of chemical weapons since the very beginning, in a call with the British premier, a Turkish presidential source said.He said the only way to long-lasting peace in Syria was a “political solution,” the source added. The Turkish leader also emphasised the importance of de-escalating the tension in the region.
Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Bekir Bozdag said the strikes had not been launched via Turkey’s southern Incirlik air base. “Turkey was informed ahead of the attack,” he wrote on Twitter. “The Incirlik base was not used in the attack.” 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.