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Turkey’s Erdogan rebuffs Macron on Syrian Kurds

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has responded angrily at France for suggesting that it could help establish a dialogue between Turkey and a Syrian group that is dominated by Kurdish fighters that Ankara considers to be terrorists.

Erdogan on Friday accused French President Emmanuel Macron of overstepping “his limits” and going “over his head,” adding that Turkey would never negotiate with “terrorists.”

He was speaking after Macron met with members of the Syrian Democratic Forces, pledged French support to the group, and suggested that Turkey could establish dialogue with the group with Paris’ help.

In his address in Ankara, the Turkish leader also said he held a telephone conversation with Macron last week during which the French leader made “bizarre” comments that forced Erdogan to raise his voice and respond with a “high frequency.”



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