Turkey rejects French mediation in dialogue with Kurds

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President Emmanuel Macron yesterday, in which he offered to act as a mediator in a dialogue between Ankara and the Kurds in Syria, spokesman to the Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan stated on Friday.

"Turkey has a clear position on the PKK/ YPG/PYD forces, which are trying to which try to masquerade as legitimate organizations hiding under the guise of the SDF. We believe that any initiative to establish a "dialogue, contacts and mediation" between Turkey and them are far from reality; we reject them," the spokesperson stated.

In a meeting with a delegation of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) in Paris on Thursday, Macron reportedly pledged his support for the Kurdish fighters in northeastern Syria, while also expressing his country's readiness to send troops the town of Manbij in order to block a potential Turkish offensive against the city.

However, according to the French media, the deployment of French troops to Manbij is being coordinated with the United States which already holds around 2,000 soldiers in the Kurdish-controlled city.

Meanwhile, Erdogan threatened on multiple occasions to extend his military campaign against Kurds in northern Syria to the east, including the town of Manbij.

He also urged the US to pull its forces out of the city, while Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu stated that his country will attack Manbij if no agreement is reached with Washington.

Source: National News Agency