Erdogan, Trump speak about Syria in phone call


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

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and U.S. counterpart Donald Trump discussed the crisis in Syria during a telephone conversation late on Wednesday, officials said.

The US did not use the Incirlik airbase in Turkey to attack the chemical facilities in Syria, Turkey's Deputy Prime Minister Bekir Bozdag said.

He also noted that he spoke to British Prime Minister Theresa May earlier in the day over the operation against Syria and that he voiced hope for the conflict between Russian Federation and the U.S. to be settled in a peaceful way.

"We welcome this operation which has eased humanity's conscience in the face of the attack in Douma, largely suspected to have been carried out by the regime", Turkey's statement said.

The phone talks came after the U.S., U.K., and France launched airstrikes on the Assad regime's alleged chemical weapons facilities in Syria earlier on Saturday. The leaders also emphasized that the lasting peace can only be reached through a political settlement, the NTV broadcaster reported.

The statement noted that attacks on civilians with weapons of mass destruction, including chemical weapons, were crimes against humanity. "The conscience of the worldwide community carries no doubt to that effect".

The White Helmets, a civil defense agency, blamed the Assad regime for an alleged chemical attack earlier this month, which it said killed 78 civilians and injured hundreds of others.

And in recent months, Turkey has worked closely with Russian Federation despite their differences.