France says Turkey must 'stop' Syrian invasion

AP , Saturday 12 Oct 2019

French President Emmanuel Macron speaks to the press as he receives Hungary's Prime minister at the Elysee presidential palace before their meeting on October 11, 2019 in Paris. (Photo: AFP)

France's president has discussed the Turkish offensive in Syria with U.S. President Donald Trump, and warned about a possible resurgence of Islamic State activity as a result of the military action.

President Macron's office said in a statement Saturday that in the call, the French leader "reiterated the need to make the Turkish offensive stop immediately.''

The statement didn't say whether Macron urged U.S. forces to intervene. Trump's decision to pull out of the region cleared the way for this week's Turkish offensive against Kurds in northeast Syria it sees as a threat.

Macron stressed "above all else the need to avoid any resurgence of IS in the region,'' and to support the Kurdish forces who helped the U.S.-led military coalition retake Syrian and Iraqi territory from IS extremists.

France has suffered multiple deadly attacks by IS-linked radicals.

The statement said France and the U.S. "share common concerns'' and will coordinate closely on the issue in the coming days.

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