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Turkey's Erdogan strikes back at investors over tumbling lira

Turkey's Erdogan strikes back at investors over tumbling lira

Turkey is "very uncomfortable" with some countries that have turned Syria into an "arm wrestling" arena, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Thursday.

"Dividing Syria through terror groups is equally wrong as protecting the regime that attacks its own citizens with chemical and conventional weapons", the president said.

US President Donald Trump and his Turkish counterpart, Recep Tayyip Erdogan held a phone call late on Wednesday and discussed the latest developments in Syria.

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Thursday said Turkey was anxious by the "arm wrestling" of world powers over Syria, as tensions soared between Washington and Moscow after threats of possible USA air strikes.

His comments came after the lira plumbed record lows for five straight trading days, a sell-off that Erdogan and his ministers called an economic attack by outside forces. "The two leaders agreed to maintain close contact relative to the current situation", the White house said, without going into details.

But Turkey and Russian Federation in recent months have put their differences aside and have been working closely to find a political solution to the conflict.

The White Helmets organization in Eastern Ghouta alleged that the Syrian regime forces carried out a chemical attack in Douma district, killing dozens of people. He tweeted that Russian Federation should get ready for a strike on Syria after Moscow reportedly vowed to shoot down missiles.

He recently announced a complete pullout from Syria of about 2,000 special operations advisers helping Kurdish and Syrian rebels fight Assad and destroy ISIS, now holed up in one last hardened stronghold. On March 18, Turkish-backed troops liberated Afrin town center, which had been a major hideout for the YPG/PKK since 2012.

"He also slammed those who support the "bloody Assad regime" and YPG/PKK terrorist organisations".