Afrin highlights need to rebuild Arab national security, says Gargash

The UAE Minister of State for Foreign Affairs said the conflict in the Kurdish enclave in Syria known as Afrin highlights the need to rebuild the concept of Arab national security. (AP)
Updated 22 January 2018

Afrin highlights need to rebuild Arab national security, says Gargash

The UAE Minister of State for Foreign Affairs said the conflict in the Kurdish enclave in Syria known as Afrin highlights the need to rebuild the concept of Arab national security.
Anwar Gargash tweeted: “The developments surrounding Afrin reaffirm the necessity of working to rebuild and restore the concept of Arab national security on a realistic and contemporary basis. Without that, the Arabs will be marginalized.”
Turkish ground troops entered Syria on Sunday as part of an operation called “Olive Branch” to push an offensive against Kurdish militia as rocket fire hit a border town in apparent retaliation.
Turkey is looking to oust from the Afrin region of northern Syria, the Peoples’ Protection Units (YPG), which Ankara considers a terror group.


Turkey’s Fatih drill ship starts operations off northeast Cyprus

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Turkey’s Fatih drill ship starts operations off northeast Cyprus

  • Turkey said it is operating on its own continental shelf or areas where Turkish Cypriots have rights
  • Yavuz is another Turkish drillship off the west coast of Cyprus

ANKARA: The Turkish oil-and-gas drilling ship Fatih has started its operations off the coast of northeastern Cyprus, Turkish vice president Fuat Oktay said on Friday, despite warnings from European Union for Ankara to stand down.
On Monday, the EU Foreign Affairs Council adopted a framework for restrictive measures against Turkey over its drilling activities in the eastern Mediterranean.
Turkey, a formal candidate to join the EU despite worsening ties, criticized the decision and said it would not cease drilling because it is operating on its own continental shelf or areas where Turkish Cypriots have rights.
Another Turkish drillship, Yavuz, is off the west coast of Cyprus.