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Erdogan Rejects Macron's Call to Extend Ceasefire

Erdogan Rejects Macron's Call to Extend Ceasefire

Tuesday, 22 October, 2019 - 10:15
“If the promises given to our country by the United States are not kept, we will continue our operation from where we left off with greater determination,” Erdogan said. (File photo: AFP)
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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan rejected a call by French President Emmanuel Macron to extend the ceasefire in Syria.

Macron on Monday told his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin that France wanted to see an extension of the ceasefire by Turkey in northeast Syria, the Elysee Palace said in a statement.

However, Erdogan said:"There is no such proposal that was conveyed to me from Macron. Macron is in fact talking about such things mostly with terrorists."

He also threatened to resume Turkey's military offensive in Syria “with greater determination” unless the withdrawal of Kurdish fighters is completed.

“If the promises given to our country by the United States are not kept, we will continue our operation from where we left off with greater determination,” Erdogan told reporters at an Ankara airport before departing for talks with Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin.

Erdogan also said he would discuss with Russian President Vladimir Putin how a Syrian constitutional committee that is due to meet in late October can make concrete progress.

“We will have the opportunity to discuss steps to end (Kurdish fighters’) presence in regime-held areas,” the Turkish leader said.

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