LONDON - Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu on Sunday thanked Qatari Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani for his support to Turkey’s military operation early last month against Kurdish militias in northeast Syria, prompting an array of criticism of both Ankara and Doha on social media.
“We thank Qatar for their support to Turkey’s Operation Peace Spring,” Cavusoglu wrote on Twitter following the meeting.
Scores of people took to social media to condemn Qatar’s support for the Turkish military assault on Kurds in Syria.
On October 9, days after President Donald Trump's abrupt decision to pull out US troops, Turkey and allied Syrian rebels launched a cross-border offensive dubbed “Operation Peace Spring” and seized control of Tel Abyad and some 120 km of land along the frontier.
The incursion killed hundreds and caused 300,000 people to flee their homes in the latest humanitarian disaster in Syria's brutal eight-year war.
“To this day, Qatar and Turkey remain one of terrorism’s largest funders and supporters,” tweeted Badr Alrjhi.
Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Kuwait condemned Turkey’s actions as a violation of Syria’s sovereignty, while Qatar was the only state within the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) to back Turkey’s military intervention.
Last week, the House of Representatives voted decisively for a resolution calling on Trump to impose sanctions and other restrictions on Turkey and Turkish officials over its offensive in Syria.