Qatar reaffirmed its support for the efforts of Turkey to maintain its national security in the wake of the breaches and terrorist attacks carried out inside Turkish territories.
Speaking to QNA on Monday, the Spokesperson of the Foreign Ministry HE Lulwa al-Khater said the Turkish army’s Operation Olive Branch launched on Saturday was driven by legitimate concerns related to its national security and securing its borders, as well as protecting the territorial integrity of Syria from the danger of secession.
HE al-Khater added that the operation was in response to Turkish territories being subjected to several infiltrations and terrorist attacks. The Turkish government saw some of these to be connected to the security and military component present on the Turkish-Syrian border.
She noted that Qatar, while backing the efforts of Turkey to maintain its security, expresses its full support for the right of states to defend their national security, which is guaranteed by international conventions, including Article 51 of the UN Charter.
The Foreign Ministry’s spokesperson said that Turkey, a main member of the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (Nato), has always been a stabilising and balancing factor in the region, adding that Qatar is fully confident of Turkey’s keenness to maintain the safety of civilians and the territorial integrity of Syria.
HE al-Khater noted that the war on the criminal ISIS group is nearing its end, so all actors in the Syrian crisis must reach permanent solutions that take into account achieving justice for the Syrian people and holding accountable those who committed crimes against it, in addition to addressing the interests and concerns of all those affecting and affected by the crisis as guaranteed by international law.
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