France scolds Turkish envoy over “insulting” remarks about Macron

PARIS, France late on Friday summoned Turkish Ambassador Ismail Hakki Musa to the Foreign Ministry to hear a protest over remarks by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan aimed at President Emmanuel Macron and which the French judged “unacceptable.” A statement from the French Foreign Ministry said that the Turkish envoy was informed that Erdogan’s criticisms were “unacceptable comments” and that “they have no place in Franco-Turkish relations.” In essence, Erdogan attacked Macron on Friday after the French leader had criticized Turkey’s invasion of northeast Syria and Ankara’s campaign against Kurdish fighters from the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF).

Macron also irritated Turkey by questioning its purchase of Russian-made S-400 air defence missiles, and the French leader pointed out they were not compatible with NATO systems.

Macron and Erdogan will both attend a NATO summit in Britain on December 3-4 and their dispute is likely to continue into that meeting.

Macron had remarked earlier that NATO was “experiencing brain death” because of the lack of strategic policies and solidarity among the members.

Erdogan, on Friday, said that it was Macron who was “brain dead” and he accused the French leader of lack of experience and being a show-off and a novice in international politics.

The French Foreign Ministry responded Friday evening by saying that Turkey’s comments “cannot replace the necessary dialogue between the two countries.” France has long defended the SDF fighters because of their role in helping defeat so-called Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, but Erdogan considers the Kurdish fighters as terrorist and has vowed to destroy them or at least render them inoperable on the Turkish-Syrian border.

Source: Kuwait News Agency