Published: Sun, October 20, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Egypt welcomes US sanctions on Turkey over Syria incursion

Egypt welcomes US sanctions on Turkey over Syria incursion

For his part, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has indicated his intention to withdraw troops from northern Syria after the end of the anti-terrorist operation in the region.

Conte reiterated Italy's request that the Turkey stop its military incursion in the border area with Syria, which has created new humanitarian crisis.

British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said, no further export licences will be granted to Turkey for items which might be used in military operations in Syria.

"Egypt welcomes U.S. President, Donald Trump's position on those developments, representing clearly America's rejection of the ongoing Turkish attacks on Syrian land and the imposition of preliminary sanctions on the Turkish regime, " the Egyptian Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a statement.

But Raab said that alongside condemning the military action, "we also recognise some of the legitimate concerns that Turkey has".

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What Happened: The United Kingdom is joining other European countries in limiting its arms sales to Turkey by suspending new export licenses over Ankara's military offensive in northern Syria, Reuters reported October 15.

On Wednesday morning Turkey and Syrian nationalists launched Operation Peace Spring and initiated airstrikes in northern Syria against Kurdish forces, a move that serves to unify the usually polarized Turkish political landscape in removing the threat of Kurdish influence in southern Turkey.

But the European Union says the operation is causing "unacceptable human suffering" and undermines the fight against the Islamic State (IS) jihadist group.

He continued by saying that Turkey's actions are "reckless, counterproductive and play straight into Russia's hands", adding that these actions have taken "focus away from overriding counter-terrorism goal of defeating Daesh", referring to Arabic acronym of ISIL Takfiri group.

North Atlantic Treaty Organisation member Turkey says the operation is needed to stop what it calls Kurdish "terrorists" using the border area as a base to launch attacks in its territory.

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