Turkey dismisses Macron’s criticism over operation in Syria

(WIH MIL-FRANCE-NATO-TURKEY) ANKARA, Turkey’s Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu dismissed on Thursday French President Emmanuel Macron’s remarks criticising Ankara for its “Operation Peace Spring” launched in Syria last October.

“Macron is already the sponsor of the terrorist organization and constantly hosts them at the Elysee,” Turkish Anadolu Agency (AA) quoted Cavusoglu as saying.

“Macron cannot be the leader of Europe by wobbling like this. Right now, there is a void in Europe, he is trying to be its leader,” Cavusoglu said added.

On Wednesday, Macron said that Turkey cannot expect solidarity with NATO partners at a time when it launches military operations in Syria and consider them as a “de facto.” On October 9, Turkey launched the military operation in East Euphrates in northern Syria with the aim of eliminating the armed Kurdish militants and the so-called Islamic State as well as creating a “safer zone” to ensure the return of the Syrian refugees to their homes.

Before suspending the operation due to an agreement with the US and Russia, the Turkish military move had been condemned on both Arab and international levels.

Source: Kuwait News Agency