In response to media inquiries, Hikmat Hajiyev, Spokesperson of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Azerbaijan stated:
“Azerbaijan, which suffered from terrorism, condemns all forms and manifestations of terrorism and supports the efforts of the international community in the fight against this menace. In order to maintain the regional and international peace and security the eradication of danger of terrorism is extremely important.
As stated by the Government of Turkey, the “Operation Olive Branch” of Armed Forces of Turkey is aimed at ensuring Turkey”s border security, neutralization of terror threat in the region and thus saving civilians living in the area from the terrorist attacks and threats.
Turkey has become target of terror attacks on a number of occasions, which resulted in death of many innocent people. Azerbaijan fully understands justified security concerns of Turkey against the menace of terrorism.
We wish that brotherly Turkey and Turkish People never again becomes subject of treacherous terrorist attacks.”
The General Staff of the Turkish Armed Forces announced on Saturday the operation “Olive Branch” against the Kurdish formations in the Afrin area in the north-west of Syria. This border area is used by Kurdish armed formations for terrorist attacks on Turkey.