Turkey will support US operation in Syria if it takes place: President Erdogan

Speaking in a live TV interview on Thursday, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that Turkey will support a US military operation if it takes place and that Donald Trump should back up his words with actions.

СNN reported earlier on Thursday that US President Trump had told some members of Congress that he was considering an unspecified military action in Syria following an alleged chemical warfare attack in Syria’s Idlib province on 3 April.

“Let’s hope that Trump’s remarks on intervention in Syria do not remain as words. We are ready to support a US operation if it ever takes place,” Erdogan said in an interview with Kanal 7 television.

Erdogan’s comments were criticised on social media by users who said he had used the “crusader” rhetoric to gain votes from Islamist nationalist circles but was now calling for a Western intervention into the region.

A toxic agent claimed nearly 80 lives and left 200 injured in the town of Khan Shaykhun located in the rebel-held province of Idlib.

Opponents of President Bashar Assad have claimed that the Syrian Arab Army had used chemical weapons against civilians intentionally, something Syrian authorities strongly deny.