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Erdogan rejects French offer of talks with terror group

Erdogan rejects French offer of talks with terror group

The offer of France to mediate between Turkey and the SDF group in Syria exceeds its limit, Anadolu Agency quoted Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan as saying on Friday.

Speaking at the provincial leaders’ meeting of the ruling Justice and Development (AK) Party in capital Ankara, Erdogan said: “If the remark [by the French presidency] that ‘we can be a mediator between Turkey and SDF’ is true, it far exceeds the limit of the person who says that.


“Who are you to talk about mediation between Turkey and a terror group?”


Erdogan rejected any scope for negotiations with terror groups, saying Turkey’s fight against terrorism would continue resolutely like the ongoing Turkish military operation in northwestern Syria.


In Thursday's statement, the Elysee Palace said French President Emmanuel Macron recalled “France’s commitment against the PKK and its commitment to the security of Turkey” during a meeting with an SDF delegation.


Macron also said the SDF had “no operational link with this terrorist group”, meaning the PKK, adding that "a dialogue could be established between the SDF and Turkey with the assistance of France and the international community".


Last Modified: Friday، 30 March 2018 06:34 PM