Egypt has called for an urgent meeting of the Arab League to discuss the Turkish military operation in Syria, coming after a similar scheduled meeting by the United Nations Security Council.
The North African country described Ankara’s operation launched on Wednesday in northern Syria as “an unacceptable blatant violation of the sovereignty of a fellow Arab state and a misuse of the current conditions and developments that Syria is going through.”
It added that the Turkish offensive “violates the rules of the international law” and “poses a threat to world security and peace.”
Egypt said that the Arab League meeting would “discuss these developments and the means of maintaining Syria’s sovereignty, the unity of its people and the integrity of its territories.”
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Wednesday said on his Twitter feed that the military operation in northeastern Syria had started.
“The Turkish Armed Forces, together with the Syrian National Army (rebel groups backed by Ankara), just launched #OperationPeaceSpring,” Erdogan wrote.
“Our mission is to prevent the creation of a terror corridor across our southern border, and to bring peace to the area,” he wrote.
The Turkish offensive was launched after U.S. President Donald Trump announced that he would pull American forces from Syria’s northern frontier, where they serve as a buffer between the Turkish military and the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces.