Donald Trump, Tayyip Erdogan discuss Syria crisis over phone call

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan struck back at global investors on Thursday, saying that no one could bring the country to heel by using exchange rates, casting a precipitous fall in the lira currency as a conspiracy from outside.

"We have no intention to give up our alliance with USA or our strategic relations that we established in a wide area from energy to security with Russian Federation, or working together with Iran regarding the solution of the problems of the region".

Iran's President Hassan Rouhani, left, Russia's President Vladimir Putin, right, and Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan lock hands during a group photo in Ankara, Turkey, Wednesday, April 4, 2018. The source said that the two leaders agreed to remain in close contact on Syrian issues.

The presidents exchanged views following a suspected chemical attack during the weekend in Douma, a Syrian town northeast of capital Damascus, Turkey's state-run Anadolu Agency reported. Assad's main backers are Moscow and Tehran.

In an interview Tuesday night ahead of Trump's series of tweets-which insisted that poor relations between Russia and the us are largely due to special counsel Robert Mueller's collusion probe-Russian ambassador to Lebanon Alexander Zasypkin warned that any USA missiles fired at Syria will be "downed" along with "the sources from which the missiles were fired".

While Turkey is cooperating with both Russian Federation and Iran to wind down some of the violence in Syria, Ankara has long demanded that President Bashar al-Assad must go and has backed rebels against him.

Turkey itself is in the midst of a military operation in northern Syria, where it is battling Kurdish forces allied to the US.

Erdogan said YPG/PKK terrorists would be eliminated "one by one", adding: "We will continue our presence and activities in Syrian territories until they become safe for everyone".

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

  • Jon Douglas