Iran calls on Turkey to stop its military operation in Afrin, Syria

Turkey last month launched an air and ground campaign, dubbed Operation 0live Branch, against the Kurdish YPG militia in Afrin.
Turkey must stop its military offensive in Syria, Iranian foreign ministry spokesman, Bahram Qassemi, said yesterday.



“Turkey’s actions can bring insecurity, instability, and terrorism to Syria,” he added.
Bahram Qassemi said any solution to the crisis should be discussed in talks in the Kazakh capital Astana that are sponsored by Russia, Iran, and Turkey.

He said Iran was in continuous talks with both Turkey and Russia about the latest developments in Syria.Turkey considers the Kurdish YPG, which is backed by the US, to be the terrorist group and an extension of the Kurdish Workers Party (PKK).



The PKK has fought an insurgency in Turkey’s largely Kurdish southeast since 1984.

According to Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, 68 civilians have been killed, including 21 children, since the launch of the Ghosn AL-Zaytoun operation last month.

The Syrian government last week called the Turkish offensive in Afrin an illegal “aggression” and said it would deal with it accordingly.


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