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 "US strike on Syrian airbase may be only 'cosmetic' if not followed by removal of Assad regime," - Turkish Foreign Minister

Turkey's foreign minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said Saturday that in the absence of strong follow-up efforts, the U.S. missile strike on Syrian regime base could amount to nothing but a “cosmetic" move that accomplishes little.

Censor.NET reports citing Anadolu.

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In a speech in the Mediterranean city of Antalya, Mevlut Cavusoglu said that the ideal solution is a political one and allies need to implement a transitional government in Syria as soon as possible.

"The world, in these recent events, began to understand what we meant by calling for safe zones. Hopefully stability and peace will come back to Syria, and Turkey will play a major role in that," the official added.

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On April 7, U.S. warships launched 59 Tomahawk cruise missiles at a Syrian government airbase following a chemical airstrike in the province of Idlib blamed on President Assad.

UNICEF confirmed at least 27 children had been killed in the attack in Idlib.

The United States' Ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley, said the response was "fully justified" and warned that the U.S. was prepared to do more but hoped that it would not come to that. "The United States will not stand by when chemical weapons are used. It is in our vital national security interest to prevent the spread and use of chemical weapons," Haley said.
   
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