Published: Wed, April 18, 2018
Global | By Marsha Munoz

Erdogan, Merkel discuss Syria over phone

Erdogan, Merkel discuss Syria over phone

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his Iranian counterpart Hassan Rouhani talked about the latest developments in Syria in a phone call on Tuesday, according to a presidential source.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani says the recent US-led military strikes against Syria were a "very ugly precedent" in worldwide relations, stressing that joint Iran-Turkey cooperation must prevent the escalation of tension in the Arab country.

The government says its security measures are necessary given the severity of the threats faced by Turkey, a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation member, which shares a land border with Iraq and Syria.

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"To an ordinary observer, the US missile strikes meant to send a signal to American and global audiences that the USA and its allies are committed to human rights and hope to deter the Syrian president from chemical attacks in the future", Omelicheva said.

He added that the United States, Britain and France carried out an aggressive attack against Syria, saying, "It is a very ugly precedent in worldwide relations that some powerful and bullying countries attack a country whenever they like".

The U.S., UK, and France jointly launched strikes Friday night targeting the Assad regime's alleged chemical weapons capabilities after a suspected chemical attack killed dozens outside of Damascus.

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The Turkish president said Iran, Turkey and Russian Federation will not allow any power to divide Syria.

The US-led military coalition has accused the Syrian government of having allegedly attacked the militant-held town of Douma in the Eastern Ghouta region on April 7 and claimed that the Saturday air strikes had been aimed at deterring Syria's further use of chemical weapons.

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