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France calls on Trump to ensure safety of Kurdish fighters in Syria

President of France Emmanuel Macron [Yassine Gaidi/Anadolu Agency]
President of France Emmanuel Macron [Yassine Gaidi/Anadolu Agency]

French President Emmanuel Macron yesterday called on his US counterpart Donald Trump to ensure the safety and security of Kurdish fighters who fought alongside the international coalition against Daesh in Syria after American troops withdraw from the country.

According to the Elysee Palace, Macron stressed during a phone call with Trump “on the importance of close coordination between members of the international coalition in order to ensure the security of all our partners.”

White House National Security advisor, John Bolton said earlier this week that the US troops’ withdrawal from Syria is conditional to Turkey’s pledge not to attack the American allied Kurdish fighters.

READ: US commanders recommend letting Kurdish fighters in Syria keep weapons

However, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan rejected the US request, saying that Bolton is making “a very serious mistake”.

“John Bolton has made a very serious mistake. We cannot make any concessions in this regard,” Erdogan said yesterday, adding that Ankara’s preparations for a new military offensive against “terror groups in Syria” are “to a large extent” complete.

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