Turkey clashes with Arab League over ‘baseless decisions’

Turkey’s government issued a stern rebuke to the Arab League for claims and decisions taken at a foreign ministers’ meeting this week, the state-run TRT television reported.

Ankara “completely rejects” the “baseless claims” and will continue to fight threats to its national security posed by terrorism, TRT said citing a Foreign Ministry statement.

Countries of the organisation chaired and participated in a meeting called "Turkish interference in the internal affairs of Arab countries” at the event, TRT said.

The decisions were taken under the influence of some "narrow-minded and short-term interests", the Foreign Ministry said. The approach deprived the Arab League of the chance of making a concrete, constructive and sustainable contribution to solving regional problems, it said.

Turkey has deployed thousands of soldiers to Iraq and Syria to fight Kurdish militants. It has deployed the troops and established military bases there even after objections from the two states that their presence threatened national sovereignty.

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