Pakistan supports Turkey’s Syria offensive

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(Islamabad News): Pakistan has provided funding to Turkey in its own offensive against Kurdish forces in Syria, together with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan expected to pay a visit to Islamabad this month. Turkey on Wednesday launched an offensive in Syria targeting the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces, a crucial US ally in the battle to conquer the Islamic State team.

The SDF dropped 11,000 fighters at the US-led campaign. It’s Turkey s operation since the onset of the war in Syria and has been met with condemnation. Prime Minister Imran Khan, nevertheless, called Erdogan on Friday to”convey Pakistan s support and solidarity,” his office said.”

The prime minister told him that Pakistan fully understands Turkey s concerns relating to terrorism,” it stated, including”Pakistan is fully cognizant of the threats and challenges being faced by Turkey having lost 40,000 of its people to terrorism”.Khan s office stated Erdogan would visit Pakistan later this month.

President Donald Trump has faced a firestorm of criticism for appearing to greenlight Turkey s offensive to northeastern Syria, which started after Trump ordered US troops to pull back from the boundary. US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin stated Friday Trump had authorised — although not activated –“very significant new sanctions” to dissuade Turkey from additional offensive military actions.

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