France's Macron offers to mediate between Turkey and Syrian Kurds

by Reuters
Thursday, 29 March 2018 20:41 GMT

PARIS, March 29 (Reuters) - France has offered to mediate between Turkey and the Kurdish-dominated Syrian Democratic Forces, and assured the SDF of Paris' support in stabilising northern Syria, President Emmanuel Macron's office said on Thursday.

Speaking after Macron met a delegation from northern Syria that included the Kurdish YPG militia, Khaled Eissa, a Kurdish official based in Paris, said Macron had promised to send French troops to Manbij to support the fight against Islamic State and dissuade Turkey from advancing on the town.

The president's office declined to comment on that. (Reporting by John Irish and Marine Pennetier Editing by Robin Pomeroy)

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