Smoke rises over the Syrian town of Ras al-Ain, as seen from the Turkish border town of Ceylanpinar, Sanliurfa province, Turkey, October 10, 2019. REUTERS/Murad Sezer
CAIRO - 10 October 2019: Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry on Wednesday condemned the Turkish attacks in Syria, referring to Egypt's warning of Turkey's expansionist behavior in Syria in several international forums attended by the Egyptian president.
Turkey has launched a military offensive against Kurds in northeastern Syria on Wednesday - a step that was slammed by the US, Arab states and many Western nations.
In a telephone interview with TV program "Yahdoth fi Misr," translated as "Happening in Egypt," Shoukry denounced the Turkish step as clear and flagrant violation of the decisions of legitimacy and international law, adding that the Turkish regime should consider its position concerning Syria amid international condemnation.
The Turkish aggression in Syria has no justification and is a violation of the sovereignty of Syria, Shoukry said, noting that the latest incidents affirm the validity of the Egyptian vision against the expansionist desire of the Turkish regime.
Egypt's Foreign Ministry on Wednesday affirmed the country's strong condemnation of the Turkish aggression against the Syrian territory and Syria's sovereignty.
The ministry, in a statement, called for an emergency meeting of the League of Arab States to discuss these developments and review ways to preserve Syria's sovereignty and the unity of its people and territorial integrity.
The ministry called the Turkish attacks "blatant" and "unacceptable," and denounced violations against the sovereignty of a brotherly Arab state, "while taking advantage of the circumstances and the current developments it experiences, and in contravention of the rules of international law."
The statement highlighted the responsibility of the international community, represented by the Security Council, towards addressing this "extremely dangerous development that threatens international peace and security."