Egypt condemns Turkey's military intervention into Syrian Kurdish enclave Afrin
Ahram Online , Sunday 21 Jan 2018


Egypt's foreign ministry on Sunday expressed condemnation of Turkey's military intervention in Afrin, a Kurdish-controlled city in Syria's northwest near the Turkish border, saying it constitutes a "fresh violation of Syrian sovereignty."

Turkey’s army said it shelled shelters and hideouts used by militants in the area on Friday and Saturday, as Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan vowed to wipe out "terrorists" in the region.

The Turkish government has accused the Syrian Kurdish forces which control Afrin to be connected to the PKK, which Ankara considers a terrorist organziation.

The attacks "undermine the existing efforts for political solutions and counter-terrorism efforts in Syria," the ministry added in a statement published on its Facebook page.

The ministry reiterated Cairo's firm position rejecting military solutions to Syria's nearly seven-year civil war, which it said would add to the suffering of the Syrian people.

The ministry renewed its call for serious negotiations towards a "comprehensive and objective political process" that includes all parties.

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