New Delhi: India on Thursday expressed concern over unilateral military offensive by Turkey in north-east Syria, saying that “its actions can undermine stability in the region and the fight against terrorism.” New Delhi further asserted that “Turkey’s action also has the potential for causing humanitarian and civilian distress”.

New Delhi also urged for a peaceful settlement of all issues through “dialogue and discussion”.

“We call upon Turkey to exercise restraint and respect the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Syria. We urge the peaceful settlement of all issues through dialogue and discussion,” the Minister of External Affairs (MEA) said in a statement.

Tensions arose after Turkey on Wednesday began its long-threatened military operation in northeastern Syria to eliminate Kurdish forces from the bordering areas.

Turkey’s decision came days after the United States withdrew its troops from the district, leaving the Syrian Democratic forces (SDF) by themselves.

Justifying the withdrawal of forces, US President Donald Trump on Wednesday said that the peacemaker nation had lost nearly USD 8 trillion along with thousands of soldiers “fighting and policing” in the region.

As a result, heavy clashes have been underway between the Turkish and Syrian forces in the border towns.

Notably, Turkey had raised the Kashmir issue at UNGA, to which the Indian government replied asking Ankara to get hold of “the situation on the ground” before commenting on other nations.