Syria: Qatar expresses support for Turkey in Afrin offensive

Ankara backed Doha in dispute with Saudi front

23 January, 20:02

    (ANSAmed) - BEIRUT, JANUARY 23 - Qatar on Tuesday expressed full support for Turkey's offensive in the Kurdish enclave of Afrin in Syria, stating that it is part of ''Ankara's efforts to safeguard its national security''.

    Turkey has a military base in Qatar and has politically and economically supported Doha, also by providing food, after Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates and Egypt imposed a diplomatic and commercial blockade on the emirate, accusing it of supporting extremist groups and terrorists and of having warm relations with Iran.

    Qatari foreign ministry spokeswoman, Lolwah al Khater, told national news agency Qna that the 'Olive Branch' operation launched last Saturday by the Turkish army was motivated by ''legitimate concerns'' and the need to ''secure its borders, as well as protect the territorial integrity of Syria from separatist dangers''. Turkey, the spokesperson added, ''has always been a stabilizing factor in the region and Qatar has confidence in its work to preserve the security of civilians and territorial integrity of Syria''.

    (ANSAmed).

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