Despite global condemnation of the Turkish offensive in Syria, only one Arab country expressed its full support to that military operation against Syrian territory.
“Qatari Defense Minister Khalid Bin Mohammed Al Attiyah revealed his country’s support to the Operation Peace Spring plan,” said Turkish Minister of National Defense Hulusi Akar on Thursday.
Upon directives of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the Turkish Armed Forces launched on Wednesday an offensive in northeast Syria.
Islamabad and Ankara Exchange Support
Pakistan also expressed its support to the Turkish incursion.
Upon an invitation by Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan, Turkey’s Recep Tayyip Erdogan will pay a visit to Islamabad on October 23.
In the two-day visit, the Turkish president will meet the top political and military leadership of the country.
Prior to Erdogan’s visit, Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi will leave for a two-day visit to Turkey on October 20.
Erdogan’s visit also comes days after he backed Pakistan on Kashmir at the UN General Assembly.
Pakistan believes that Turkey’s security concerns in the region are “legitimate”.
The spokesperson for Pakistan’s foreign office said that Islamabad appreciates Turkey’s positive role in finding a viable political solution to the conflict in Syria.
“We recognize Turkey’s legitimate security concerns in the region,” the spokesperson said. “Like Pakistan, Turkey has also been a victim of terrorism.”
Two European Countries Backs the Turkish Offensive in Syria
Speaking at the opening of the Turkish-Hungarian Business Forum in Ankara on Friday, Prime Minister Viktor Orban said that Hungary stands by its friends, and is on Turkey’s side.
“Whatever anti-Turkish statements there are in important European Union countries, Hungary will never add its voice to them, but will stand by Turkey,” Orban added.
On the other hand, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, the U.S. and the European Union showed their concerns over the Turkish aggression on Syria.