Somalia and Qatar express reservations about Arab League communiqué against Turkey

The Arab League called for the United Nations Security Council to take measures to force Turkey to halt its military offensive and “immediately” withdraw its forces from Syria.

13. 10.2019

A communique issued after Saturday’s meeting of Arab foreign ministers also urged the world body to suspend military and intelligence support that could help Turkey’s operation.

The communique said Arab countries reject Turkey’s attempts to impose “demographic changes” in Syria by a so-called “safe zone.” Arab countries should consider taking “diplomatic, economic, investment, cultural measures … to confront the Turkish aggression,” it added.

Two member countries, Qatar and Somalia, expressed reservations about the communique.  The two countries have close ties with Ankara.

Turkey dismissed the Arab League statement, saying it misrepresented its military operations.

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