ISTANBUL, April 16 (Xinhua) -- Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Monday urged the international community to build a new foundation for world peace so that no countries would be bombed "at random."
"Let's lay down a new foundation for peace in the world and let's not let bombs rain down on these countries at random, not allow the pounding of barrel bombs," the president said at a meeting in Istanbul.
He described the U.S.-led airstrikes on Syria as a "late response," saying they came only after the alleged use of chemical weapons.
"If one person dies from chemical weapons, 10 others die from conventional weapons," he said.
The United States, Britain and France hit Syrian military facilities with a wave of joint airstrikes last Saturday in response to an alleged chemical attack blamed on the Syrian military, sparking an outcry from Russia, Iran and other countries.
Turkey has refused to have a direct dialogue with the Syrian government, though it is working with Russia and Iran for peacemaking in the war-torn country.