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India expresses deep concern over Turkey's attack on Syria, calls it 'unilateral'

File photo: Turkish military vehicle during a joint US-Turkey patrol. Photograph:( Reuters )

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Oct 10, 2019, 04.38 PM (IST)

Expressing deep concern at the 'unilateral military offensive' by Turkey in north-east Syria, India on Thursday called upon Turkey to exercise restraint and respect the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Syria.

On Wednesday, Turkish jets and artillery targeted Kurdish-controlled areas in Syria, forcing thousands of civilians to flee their homes.

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Issuing a statement, Ministry of External Affairs said: "We are deeply concerned at the unilateral military offensive by Turkey in north-east Syria. Turkey’s actions can undermine stability in the region and the fight against terrorism. Its action also has the potential for causing humanitarian and civilian distress."

"We call upon Turkey to exercise restraint and respect the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Syria. We urge the peaceful settlement of all issues through dialogue and discussion," the MEA said.

(With inputs from agencies)