Egypt ‘strongly condemns' Turkish, Iranian military interventions in Iraq
Ahram Online, , Friday 19 Jun 2020
Turkey said its warplanes had hit over 500 Kurdish militant targets in northern Iraq in an operation against the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK)


Egypt has condemned Turkish and Iranian military interventions in northern Iraq “in the strongest terms,” describing them as a continuation of “repeated violations” against the country.

In a statement on Thursday, Egypt’s foreign ministry said the intervention was a violation of international charters and covenants which stipulate a respect for nations’ sovereignty and the principle of good neighbourliness.

It stressed its full rejection of “any violations that affect the sovereignty of any Arab state, taking into consideration the consequences of such acts in deepening instability in the region.”

The statement called on all parties to respect the sovereignty of Iraq, and keep it removed from any international or regional tensions that would hinder its development and stability.

Egypt’s denunciation came hours after Turkey said its warplanes had hit over 500 Kurdish militant targets in northern Iraq’s Haftanin area in an operation against the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK).

The Turkish strike is part of a number of raids in the past days against the PKK, which Ankara said came in response to increased militant attacks on its army bases.

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