17:25 09.10.2019 (updated 17:39 09.10.2019) Short URL
France "strongly condemns" Turkey's offensive in northeastern Syria, says Secretary of State for European Affairs Amélie de Montchalin.
De Montchalin said France, Germany and Britain are working on a joint statement "which will be extremely clear that we strongly condemn" the Turkish campaign against Kurdish forces in northeastern Syria.
The minister also told the Parliament's Foreign Relations Committee that France would address the issue at the United Nations Security Council.
French President Emmanuel Macron had already expressed concern about the prospect of a Turkish army operation in areas controlled by the Kurdish forces, which led the fight against Daesh (a banned organization in Russia and other countries).
Macron welcomed a senior Syrian Kurdish official, Ilham Ahmed, for talks on Tuesday "to show that France is side by side with the Syrian Democratic Forces, as they are partners in the fight against Daesh, and that we are very concerned about the possibility. of a Turkish operation in Syria " said AFP a presidential advisor.
(tagsToTranslate) France criticizes Turkey's action in Syria