Erdogan Warns Against Escalation in Syria After Coalition's Strike - Reports

Earlier in the day, several targets in Syria were hit by over 100 cruise missiles and surface-to-air missiles fired jointly by the US, Britain and France, in a punitive strike over an alleged chemical incident in Douma blamed on the Syrian government.
Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu said on Saturday that the anti-Syrian operation by the Western states should have been launched a long time ago and that Syrian President Bashar Assad should not rule the country.
In the meantime, Turkish President Recep Erdogan warned against further escalation in Syria in a phone talk with UK PM Theresa May. The leaders also emphasized that the lasting peace can only be reached through a political settlement, the NTV broadcaster reported.
Earlier in the day, Turkey's Deputy Prime Minister Bekir Bozdag has said: "Before striking targets in Syria, the chiefs of the General Staff of the United States and Turkey, as well as our [Turkish] President and [US President] Trump discussed this issue. Turkey was informed about the attack prior to it. Base Incirlik was not involved in the strike." 
The official went on saying that "ending arm wrestling and finding a political solution are obligatory in Syria."
Turkish presidential spokesman Ibrahim Kalin said that the destruction of chemical weapons in Syria is not enough to end instability in the region as thousands of people are killed by conventional weapons.
The spokesman stressed that in order to prevent further deaths in Syria a political solution was urgently needed.
Meanwhile, the Turkish Foreign Ministry described the air strikes against the Syrian government as an "appropriate" response.
Early on Saturday, the United States, the United Kingdom and France launched strikes on a number of targets in Syria in response to the alleged chemical attack in the Damascus' suburb of Douma.
Incirlik Air Base is located in the Turkish city of Adana and is used jointly by the United States Air Force and the Turkish Air Force.
 Egypt said on Saturday it was deeply concerned over a military escalation in Syria which could affect the safety of Syrian people and threaten agreements to curb tension.
U.S., British and French forces struck Syria with more than 100 missiles on Saturday, targeting what they called chemical weapons sites in retaliation for a poison gas attack.
The White House has accused Syria of being behind the toxic gas assault on April 7 that killed dozens of people in Douma, near Damascus.
Without specifically mentioning Saturday’s missile strikes, Egypt’s foreign ministry said it was deeply concerned “at the current military escalation in Syria”. It also rejected the use of internationally banned weapons on Syrian territory and demanded a transparent international investigation.
“The Arab Republic of Egypt expresses its solidarity with the brotherly Syrian people in their aspirations to live in security and stability,” the ministry said in a statement.
It called for a peaceful resolution to the Syrian crisis and efforts to ensure humanitarian aid reaches those affected by the conflict.