Serhat TUNAR -TDO- Turkey has launched Operation Fountain of peace to create a safe zone in northern Syria, prompting many reactions from various countries around the world. While NATO member Turkey has received almost no support from its allies, the European Union has called on Turkey to halt the operation. United States President Donald Trump announced on his social media account that his country does not support the move.
Following the operation launched by Turkey, United States President Donald Trump shared on his social media account that he disapproved of Turkey's operation in Syria and that it was not a good idea. Trump called for the protection of religious minorities during the operation.
European Union High Representative for Foreign Relations and Security Policy Federica Mogherini also called on Turkey to end its unilateral military operation. Mogherini said in the European Parliament that Turkey had placed a new burden on the shoulders of the Syrian people, who are already experiencing difficulties with its military operation.
Mogherini said Turkey's unilateral military operation threatened the process of fighting ISIS in the region, adding that stability in northern Syria would be at risk and that this could lead to ISIS regaining power.
Turkey's ally NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg made the remarks. Stoltenberg said Turkey should not jeopardize what was won against ISIS. Stoltenberg added that actions that would further destabilize the region, escalate tensions and cause more human suffering should be avoided.
The 15 countries of the United Nations Security Council will meet on Thursday to discuss Turkey's Syria operation, the Security Council said, taking action at the urging of Britain, France, Germany, Belgium and Poland.
French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian condemned Turkey's military action on his social media account. Le Drian has condemned Turkey's unilateral operation in Syria, claiming the operation endangers the security and humanitarian work of the anti-ISIS coalition.
UK Foreign Secretary Dominic Raabise expressed serious concern over the operation. Raabise said the operation risked gains made against ISIS.
Dutch Foreign Minister Stef Blok also condemned Turkey's operation in Syria and announced that he had summoned Turkey's Ambassador to Hague to the ministry to convey his country's position.
Iranian parliament speaker Ali Larijani says Turkey has cancelled a planned visit to Ankara following its operation in Syria. Iranian state television shared with viewers that Larijani had been invited to a meeting in Turkey by Parliament Speaker Mustafa Şentop, but the Iranian Parliament Speaker cancelled the visit.