FRANCE (OBSERVATORY NEWS) — French President Emmanuel Macron on Friday called Turkey’s military intervention in Syria “foolish”.
Macron said in a speech to the European Parliament in Brussels: “We were surprised by the withdrawal of US troops and the Turkish attack.”
He confirmed that he would use a NATO summit in London in December to confront the Turkish president over the operation against Kurdish forces, noting that Turkey would be responsible in the event of the rise of “IS” again.
“We appreciate Turkey’s war on terror, but the SDF is not a terrorist,” he said.
Macron said that what happened in the past few days in Syria is a serious mistake from NATO and the West, pointing out that the Middle East is a strategic area for Europe, and that “they have to rebuild a military capability there.”
The French president announced that he would meet with German Chancellor Angela Merkel and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, in the coming weeks regarding what happened in Syria.
Macron, whose country has special forces in Syria as part of the coalition to fight IS, said he learned of the US withdrawal from Twitter. “Like everyone else, I learned in a tweet that the United States decided to withdraw its troops,” he said.
He continued: “I thought that we are in NATO and that the United States and Turkey in NATO.”
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— Emmanuel Macron (@EmmanuelMacron) October 18, 2019
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