UAE minister condemns deadly Turkish drone attack in Iraq

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Anwar Gargash, the UAE's minister of state for foreign affairs
Anwar Gargash, the UAE's minister of state for foreign affairs

Saudi Gazette report

JEDDAH — A key minister in the United Arab Emirates government strongly condemned a Turkish drone attack inside Iraq on Tuesday.

Anwar Gargash, the UAE's minister of state for foreign affairs, called the Turkish strike that killed two high-ranking Iraqi officers a violation of Iraq’s sovereignty.

“We stand with brotherly Iraq in the face of the ongoing Turkish violations of its sovereignty,” Gargash said in a tweet on Wednesday.

“Our position is consistent in rejecting regional interference in Arab affairs. Relations among states must be based on full respect for sovereignty and non-interference in their internal affairs,” the UAE minister added.

On Tuesday, Iraq’s foreign ministry termed the strike as a "blatant Turkish drone attack" in the autonomous Kurdish region as it canceled a scheduled visit of the Turkish defense minister to the country.

Iraqi ministry also summoned the Turkish ambassador to hand him "a strong protest note and inform him of Iraq’s confirmed rejection of his country's attacks and violations”.


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