Qatar’s foreign minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman al-Thani said that his country supports any country that protects its border, referring to Turkish military operation to remove terror groups in Afrin, Syria.
“Qatar is supporting any country which protects its own national security,” Mohammed bin Abdulrahman al-Thani said at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI), Washington-based think tank.
Al-Thani’s remarks came after a question about Turkey‘s intention by launching military operation in Afrin.
“What’s happening in Afrin is done by coordination with other forces there,” he continued. “They [Turkey] are trying to protect their border and I think this is the right of any country to protect its border.”
The minister added that Turkey’s national security concern, which was caused by the threats of “some of the movements in Afrin” needs to be taken into consideration.
Turkey launched Operation Olive Branch on Jan. 20 to clear PYD/PKK and Daesh terrorists from Afrin.
The operation is essential to establish security and stability along Turkey’s borders and the region as well, along with protecting Syrians from terrorist cruelty.
Describing Turkey as “world player” and “an important country” for the region, Al-Thani stated that Turkey and Qatar have strong relationship and “a lot of common interests”.
“Turkey stood with Qatar during this crisis when it comes to supplies, when it comes to whatever support we have requested from them,” he noted.
The minister explained that Turkey’s military deployment in Qatar was a part of an bilateral military agreement signed in 2014. Additionally, he said the relationship between Ankara and Doha is not only about military but also “strong economic” relationship.
Coming to the ongoing crisis, the minister said that every country has sovereignty rights, a solution for this crisis would be possible in an atmosphere where all the related countries were equally treated.