Turkey Calls For Removal Of Syria's Al-Assad

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The minister also called for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's immediate removal, saying a transitional government must be established.

Iranian president Hassan Rouhani called for the formation of an worldwide fact-finding committee to investigate the chemical weapons attack.

"It is time to take serious steps for the protection of innocent Syrian people", he said of the USA action. " The military official said, reminding of then-US Secretary of State Colin Powell's white powder vial at the United Nations and other allegations of the chemical weapons "threat" in Iraq". "We strongly condemn the illegitimate actions by the US The consequences of this for regional and global stability could be extremely serious", Russia's deputy UN envoy, Vladimir Safronkov, told a meeting of the UN Security Council on Friday.

Similarly, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Assad's future "will be decided by the Syrian people", while the White House said Assad's retention of power was "a political reality we have to accept".

Washington has presented "no evidence whatsoever" yet that the Shayrat airfield in Syria's Homs Province targeted by the USA after an alleged chemical attack in Idlib had any such weapons, the Russian Defense Ministry said.

Mr Tillerson is expected in Moscow for talks with Russian officials next week.

U.S. President Donald Trump ordered the strikes after he blamed Assad for this week's chemical attack, which killed at least 70 people, many of them children, in the Syrian town of Khan Sheikhoun.

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Immediately after the group's claim, a Syrian military source quoted by state television said the plane was on a reconnaissance mission near the Turkish border.

"Congratulations to our great military men and women for representing the United States, and the world, so well in the Syria attack", President Trump tweeted Saturday.

The conversation was initiated by the American side, the statement said.

But it highlights the rudderless nature of Turkish policy in Syria, as Ankara tries to forge stronger relations with both Moscow, Assad's main backer, and Washington, a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation ally hitherto reluctant to confront the Syrian leader head-on. The attack occurred in the Shuaib al-Zeker area near where US -backed Syrian fighters have been on the offensive against IS under the cover of coalition airstrikes.

The news agency reports that during the Friday phone call, the Saudi monarch congratulated Trump for his "courageous decision".

"We have a multitude of topics, among which global counter-terrorism is of great significance", Zakharov told Russia's Rossiya-1 TV channel.

Saudi Arabia is one of the most vehement opponents of Assad.