Turkey won't negotiate with terrorists in Syria - presidential spokesperson

02 April, 2018, 01:08 | Author: Orlando Hughes
  • Life gradually returns to the city of Afrin – March 22. 2018

The Turkish General Staff also said 52 Turkish soldiers were killed while 229 soldiers were wounded since the beginning of the Afrin operation.

The presidential Palace of the Elysée issued a statement in which he clarified that the French country will only remain active in the region in the framework of the worldwide coalition against the Islamic State.

Canikli's remarks came in response to a Thursday pledge by French President Emmanuel Macron to further support US-backed Kurdish militants in northern Syria.

Turkey has warned France over bolstering its military presence in Syria, stressing that such a move would amount to an invasion. France and the United States are among the Western nations that supported the YPG against ISIS.

During the meeting with a delegation of Syrian and Arab fighters on Thursday, Macron acknowledged the "role of the SDF in the fight against Daesh", using another term for IS.

The Turkish military and its allied rebels this month captured the Kurdish town of Afrin in northwest Syria from the YPG in an operation code named Operation Olive Branch, that started on January 20.

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Macron's comments were not well received by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who said he was "extremely saddened by France's. wrong stance".

According to the Turkish General Staff, the operation aims to establish security and stability along Turkey's borders and the region as well as to protect Syrians from terrorist oppression and cruelty.

Turkey considers the Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PYD), active in Syria, and its armed wing the YPG to be "terrorist groups" with ties to the banned Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), which has waged a bloody armed rebellion for decades.

"Those who enter into cooperation and solidarity with terror groups against Turkey ... will, like the terrorists, become a target of Turkey". "Who are you to speak of mediation between Turkey and a terrorist organisation?" We hope they will not dare to seek our help when France is filled with terrorists fleeing from Syria and Iraq after being encouraged by French policies.

Erdogan spoke last week with Macron about the French president's criticism of Turkey's Afrin campaign.

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