Erdogan and Trump agree to stay in close touch on Syria

Bozdag Turkey has no intention to seize part of Syria’s territory

The White House said yesterday Mr Trump had spoken to the Turkish leader about his concerns and they had agreed to stay in "close contact".

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has said that Afrin should be handed over to Syria's army.

Trump's posts on Twitter followed a warning from Moscow that the risk of a direct military clash between Russia and the U.S.in Syria "is higher than before", with a Russian envoy saying that USA missiles flying over the war-ravaged country would be shot down.

Turkey has backed Anti-Assad forces, as Russian Federation and Iran heavily support the Syrian president.

The United States and its allies have blamed the Syrian government for the attack which reportedly killed dozens, although Damascus vehemently rejects the allegations and insists they are part of a wider effort to undermine the gains made by the pro-government forces against militants in Eastern Ghouta. This comes after he spoke with President Trump Wednesday about preventing future attacks in Syria.

When asked if Turkey will support possible military action by the USA against the Assad regime in response to the Douma attack, Aksoy said Turkey "continues to monitor the process closely".

The spokesman added that Turkey was among the sponsors of the draft resolution.

Yildirim said that in the current situation the five permanent members of the UN Security Council - including Russian Federation and the United States - had "much greater responsibility".

Trump tweeted: "Russia vows to shoot down any and all missiles fired at Syria".

Several countries led by the USA, including France and the United Kingdom, are weighing military strikes in response to the Douma chemical attack.

On January 20, Turkey launched Operation Olive Branch to clear YPG/PKK-Daesh terrorists from Afrin.

"Those who support the regime of murderer Assad are making a mistake".

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