‘Deeply concerned’: India calls upon Turkey to exercise restraint against Kurdish forces in Syriahttps://indianexpress.com/article/india/india-turkey-syria-attack-kurdish-forces-6062663/

‘Deeply concerned’: India calls upon Turkey to exercise restraint against Kurdish forces in Syria

"We are deeply concerned at the unilateral military offensive by Turkey in north-east Syria. Turkey’s actions can undermine stability in the region and the fight against terrorism," the Ministry of External Affairs said in a statement.

Turky Syria, Turkey Syria attack, India on Turkey Syria war, Kurdish forces Syria, Indian Express news
In this photo taken from the Turkish side of the border between Turkey and Syria, in Ceylanpınar, Sanliurfa province, southeastern Turkey, smoke billows from targets inside Syria, in the town of Ra’s al-Ayn, during bombardment by Turkish forces Thursday, Oct. 10, 2019. (AP)

India on Thursday said that it was “deeply concerned” about the ongoing military operation by Turkey on Kurdish forces in northern Syria.

“We are deeply concerned at the unilateral military offensive by Turkey in north-east Syria. Turkey’s actions can undermine stability in the region and the fight against terrorism,” the Ministry of External Affairs said in a statement.

It said that Turkey’s action has the potential for causing humanitarian and civilian distress in the region.

India also called upon Turkey to exercise restraint and respect Syria’s sovereignty and territorial integrity. The MEA in its statement also urged the two nations to settle any issue peacefully through dialogue and discussion.

Advertising

Turkey launched airstrikes, fired artillery and began a ground offensive against Kurdish fighters in northern Syria on Wednesday after US troops pulled back from the area, paving the way for an assault on forces that have long been allied with the United States.

In this photo taken from the Turkish side of the border between Turkey and Syria, in Akcakale, Sanliurfa province, southeastern Turkey, smoke billows from targets inside Syria during bombardment by Turkish forces Thursday, Oct. 10, 2019. (AP)

Turkey’s offensive against Kurdish forces gathered condemnation across the world with several countries and global organizations considering concrete countermeasures, including the possibility of imposing sanctions until Turkish forces withdraw.

US President Donald Trump has said that he hoped Turkey would “act rationally”. Warning of actions against Turkey’s economy, Trump said that he would consider moves tougher than sanctions if Ankara does not do the operations in northern Syria in as humane a way as possible.

“I will wipe out (Turkey’s) his economy if that happens,” Trump had said when asked if he is concerned that the Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan will try to wipe out the Kurds.

Turky Syria, Turkey Syria attack, India on Turkey Syria war, Kurdish forces Syria, Indian Express news
Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan speaks during a meeting of his ruling AK Party in Ankara, Turkey, October 10, 2019. (Reuters)

Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan claimed that as many as 109 ‘terrorists’ were killed since Ankara launched an offensive into Syria, the Associated Press reported. He also said that the entire operation will restore the demographic structure in the area.

Photos | Turkey begins offensive against Kurdish fighters in Syria

Meanwhile, Syrian officials have said that Ankara’s attack will weaken their ability to guard prisons holding Islamic State militants in the region. They have called Turkey’s actions as a ‘clear attempt’ to help ISIS.

(Inputs from agencies)

For latest coverage on Haryana and Maharashtra Elections, log on to IndianExpress.com. We bring you the fastest assembly election 2019 updates from each constituency in both the states.