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Turkey's Erdogan says U.S. attack in Syria 'positive' but not enough
April 7, 2017 / 12:46 PM / 8 months ago

Turkey's Erdogan says U.S. attack in Syria 'positive' but not enough

ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan on Friday hailed an attack by the United States on a Syrian air base as a positive development but said it was not enough on its own and “serious steps” were needed to protect the Syrian people.

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan reacts during a rally for the upcoming referendum in the Black Sea city of Rize, Turkey, April 3, 2017. REUTERS/Umit Bektas

The United States fired cruise missiles earlier on Friday at a Syrian base from which President Donald Trump said a deadly chemical weapons attack had been launched, marking the first direct U.S. assault on the government of Bashar al-Assad in six years of civil war.

“We find it a positive and concrete step taken against the war crimes of the Assad regime. Is it enough? I don’t find it enough. It is time to take serious steps for the protection of innocent Syrian people,” Erdogan told a rally in the southern province of Hatay.

“The international community has the capability to stop the regime and terrorist organisations. I hope the active stance that the United States displayed in Idlib is a beginning with regards to such developments,” Erdogan said.

Reporting by Humeyra Pamuk, Daren Butler and Ece Toksabay; Editing by David Dolan

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