TEHRAN (Press Shia) – The Syrian Foreign Ministry condemned the Turkish military onslaught against the Kurdish people north of the Arab country and described the aggression as the outcome of the expansionist ambitions and illusions of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s government.

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“In spite of the wide international condemnation, Erdogan’s regime still insists on its blatant aggression on Syria, and it sows death and destruction in an outrageous violation of all international laws and norms in a way that clearly exposes the real face of Erdogan’s fascist regime,” an unnamed source at the Syrian Foreign and Expatriates Ministry told SANA on Thursday.

The source added that “this treacherous Turkish aggression is the outcome of the expansionist ambitions and illusions of Erdogan’s regime and it affirms that it is classified among the terrorist groups to which it has provided all forms of support, and it deals a strong blow to the efforts which aim at finding a solution to the crisis in Syria, therefore, it makes the Turkish regime lose its position as a guarantor in framework of Astana, particularly as its aggression completely contradicts with the principles and decisions of Astana.

“The Syrian Arab Republic affirms its complete rejection and strong condemnation of the blatant Turkish aggression and the interference in Syria’s internal affairs, and it asserts solidarity of all the Syrians and their unity more than ever under the national flag in confronting the treacherous Turkish aggression, preserving the unity of the Syrian territories and people and protecting Syria’s sovereignty and its independent national decision and not allowing anyone to interfere in the Syrian national affairs.”

The source went on to say that the “international community as a whole should bear its responsibilities in exerting pressure on Erdogan’s regime to put an end to its aggression on Syria and to hold it fully responsible for its repercussions, and to force the Turkish regime to give up its destructive policy which poses a threat to the security, peace and stability in the region and the world.”

On October 9, Turkish military forces and Ankara-backed militants launched a long-threatened cross-border invasion of northeast Syria in a declared attempt to push Kurdish militants from the People’s Protection Units (YPG) away from border areas.

Ankara views the US-backed YPG as a terrorist organization tied to the homegrown Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), which has been seeking an autonomous Kurdish region in Turkey since 1984. The YPG constitutes the backbone of the SDF.

Many countries, including Iran, and international organizations such the UN and Arab League have criticized Turkey’s invasion of Syria, calling on Ankara to end the incursion into the Arab country.