Turkey slams Arab League's statement on anti-terror operation in Syria

Turkey slams Arab League's statement on anti-terror operation in Syria
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  • calendar-gray 12 October 2019

Arab League becomes a partner in crimes of terrorists, betray Arab world by accusing Turkey, Foreign Ministry said Saturday, APA reports citing Daily Sabah.

Arab foreign ministers on Saturday condemned Turkey's anti-terror operation, calling for an immediate withdrawal of Ankara's troops.

The statement came after an emergency session of the Arab League in Cairo called for by Egypt.

The meeting comes a few days after Turkey launched Operation Peace Spring east of the Euphrates River in northern Syria to secure its borders by eliminating terrorist elements and to ensure the safe return of Syrian refugees and Syria's territorial integrity.

Addressing the meeting, Lebanese Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil underlined the importance of returning Syria to the Cairo-based Arab League.

Syria's membership in the league has been suspended since 2011, when the Bashar al-Assad regime launched a harsh crackdown on pro-democracy protests, sparking eight years of civil war.

Saturday's meeting saw speeches by the foreign ministers of Egypt, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, who called for halting the Turkish operation and reaching a political solution to the conflict in Syria.

Faig Mahmudov

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