Turkey will inform all relevant countries, including the Syrian government, about its planned operation into northeastern Syria, Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu said on Wednesday, APA reports citing Yeni Shafak.
Speaking at a news conference in Algeria, Çavuşoğlu said the operation will be carried out in line with international law and that the only target of the operation is terrorists in the region. He said President Erdoğan had told U.S. President Donald Trump in at the weekend that Ankara would launch the operation after Washington stalled efforts to form a safe zone in the region.
Turkey is ready to launch Operation Peace Spring east of the Euphrates River in northern Syria to secure its borders by eliminating terrorist elements to ensure the safe return of Syrian refugees and Syria’s territorial integrity.
Turkey has said the terrorist group PKK and its extension the YPG/PYD constitute the biggest threat to Syria’s future, jeopardizing the country’s territorial integrity and unitary structure. Turkey has also stressed that supporting terrorists under the pretext of fighting Daesh is unacceptable.
Turkey has a 911-kilometer (566-mile) border with Syria and it has long decried the threat from terrorists east of the Euphrates and the formation of a “terrorist corridor” there.