Published: Sun, April 15, 2018

Erdogan, Trump discuss Syria

Erdogan, Trump discuss Syria

"We are very uncomfortable that some countries, which rely on their military power, are turning Syria into an arm wrestling arena", Erdoğan said.

Iran's President Hassan Rouhani, left, Russia's President Vladimir Putin, right, and Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan lock hands during a group photo in Ankara, Turkey, Wednesday, April 4, 2018.

President Erdogan said at opening ceremony of 36-kilometer long Baskentray railway in Ankara that Turkey was uneasy over tensions between Russian Federation and the United States in the region.

His latest intervention comes as Theresa May convened her war cabinet to discuss joining US-led action against Syria following a poison gas attack that killed at least 70 people.

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said earlier in the day that "the Assad regime must leave Syria", alleging the regime has killed almost 1 million people with airstrikes and bombs.

US President Donald Trump and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan discussed the ongoing crisis in Syria over a phone call confirmed White House.

"Today, I will talk to [Russian President Vladimir] Putin". On Wednesday, Trump warned Russian Federation, saying USA missiles "will be coming", after Moscow reportedly vowed to shoot down missiles.

Foreign Ministry spokesman Hami Aksoy, in a news conference in Ankara, said a draft resolution was submitted to the UN Security Council to allow an investigation on suspected chemical attack in Syria's eastern Ghouta but it was vetoed by Russian Federation on Tuesday. On March 18, Turkish-backed troops liberated Afrin town center, which had been a major hideout for the YPG/PKK since 2012.

"If an attack occurs against the forces [in Syria] backed by Russian Federation or there is an attack by the USA -supported forces, Russian Federation won't be able to stay away, otherwise it will lose its influence".

Erdoğan said that the number of "neutralized" PKK terrorists in northern Iraq reached 337.

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