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Turkey Angered by Egypt’s Criticism of its Intervention in Syria

Turkey Angered by Egypt’s Criticism of its Intervention in Syria

Monday, 26 October, 2020 - 07:45
A Turkish military vehicle in the Manbij countryside, Syria December 29, 2018. (Reuters)

Turkey rejected on Sunday Egypt’s criticism against it over its intervention in Syria.

Foreign Ministry spokesman Hami Aksoy said Ankara rejects the accusations by Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry, which he had made during the small group on Syria meeting on October 22.

In a statement, Aksoy defended Turkey for “offering martyrs in the fight against terrorism in Syria.” Turkey, he continued, has taken in 4 million refugees and protected the people from an “oppressive regime and from terrorists in northern Syria.”

It has made “tangible political contributions, whether in Astana and Geneva,” he added.

Moreover, he said that Turkey’s role in Syria is not limited to defending its national security, but ensuring the preservation of Syria’s political unity and territorial integrity, vowing that it will continue to play this role.

Egypt, he added, must not champion oppressive regimes, “parallel coupist entities and terrorist groups, but rather listen to the people and serve sustainable peace, security and stability in the region.”

Shoukry had last week expressed his “deep concern” over the continued “destructive” intervention by some regional countries in Syria.

An Egyptian foreign ministry spokesman said that Shoukry viewed that Turkey’s deployment in Syria was not only a threat to Syria itself, but the entire region.

“We must not tolerate plans to stoke extremism and the phenomenon of transporting foreign terrorist fighters,” he remarked.

He added that Egypt supports efforts to boost the work of the Syrian Constitutional Committee until it reaches its desired goals.

“Egypt rejects any attempts to impose demographic change in Syria,” he stated.

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