World slams Turkey's incursion into Syria


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Nato chief Jens Stoltenberg. -AFP

Paris - US President Donald Trump on Wednesday warned Turkey against attacking Syria.


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Published: Thu 10 Oct 2019, 10:43 PM

Last updated: Fri 11 Oct 2019, 1:49 PM

World governments reacted with concern on Wednesday after Turkey launched a military offensive on Kurdish forces in northern Syria, while the UN Security Council plans to hold an emergency meeting to discuss the assault.
US President Donald Trump on Wednesday warned Turkey against attacking Syria, saying its assault was "a bad idea" not backed by the US, and called on Ankara to protect religious minorities.
"The United States does not endorse this attack and has made it clear to Turkey that this operation is a bad idea," Trump said in a statement. "Turkey has committed to protecting civilians, protecting religious minorities, including Christians, and ensuring no humanitarian crisis takes place and we will hold them to this commitment."
Nato chief Jens Stoltenberg urged Turkey to show "restraint", while acknowledging that Ankara had "legitimate security concerns".
"It's important to avoid actions that may further destabilise the region, escalate tensions, and cause more human suffering," Stoltenberg said at a news conference in Rome.
"Egypt condemned in the strongest terms the Turkish aggression on Syrian territory," the ministry said in a statement, adding the offensive "represents a blatant and unacceptable attack on the sovereignty of a brotherly Arab state."

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