Turkish, French leaders discuss Afrin operation

ANKARA, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron discussed Turkey’s ongoing Operation Olive Branch in Syria’s northwestern region of Afrin by phone on Saturday.

They also exchanged views on bilateral relations and on the outcome of the Syrian National Dialogue Congress held in the Russian coastal city of Sochi this past week, Turkey’s AA agency reported citing a presidential source here.

Erdogan shared information about Operation Olive Branch and the cross-border rocket attacks perpetrated by the Syrian Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PYD) – an affiliate of the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), on Turkey’s bordering Hatay and Kilis provinces.

During the conversation, Erdogan said Turkey has no hostile design against any its military operation in northern Syria aims to clear the PYD/PKK, YPG and Daesh terrorists from Afrin.

The leaders agreed to keep close contact oreagarding regional issues, particularly on the political process in Syria, according to the report.

Turkey launched Operation Olive Branch on Jan. 20 to clear PYD/PKK and Daesh terrorists from Afrin in northwestern Syria.

Since the start of the operation, PYD/PKK cross-border attacks on civilians have killed at least seven people and injured over 100 others.

Source: kuwait News Agency