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Macron announces a package of measures to protect French military and civilian personnel in northeastern Syria

The president says he will do everything possible to stop the Turkish offensive through diplomatic channels

MADRID, Oct. 14 (EUROPE PRESS) –

The president of France, Emmanuel Macron, announced on Sunday a series of measures to protect French military and civilian personnel in northeastern Syria against the withdrawal of US troops and the Turkish offensive against Kurdish militias.

Macron, who has indicated that the measures seek to “guarantee the safety of French personnel present in the area as part of the international coalition that fights against the Islamic State terrorist group and carries out humanitarian work,” has warned that the Turkish operation ” could have dramatic humanitarian consequences and cause a resurgence of Islamic State in the region. ”

Macron announces a package of measures to protect French military and civilian personnel in northeastern Syria
Macron announces a package of measures to protect French military and civilian personnel in northeastern Syria

In a statement from the Elysium, the French leader has condemned the launch of the operation by Ankara and has ensured that France “will strengthen diplomacy closely with its coalition allies against the Islamic State (…) to obtain the immediate cessation of the Turkish offensive. ”

A humanitarian response program will also be launched to “address the needs of the population in northeastern Syria.” According to the document, the main priority of France is “to prevent the reappearance of the Islamic State”.

“The risk of fleeing from the militiamen due to Turkey's campaign has been taken into account. The measures to be taken will also strengthen security in this context,” the text clarifies.

The French authorities have repeatedly stressed that foreign militiamen should be tried and imprisoned where they committed the crimes of which they are accused, which denies any possibility of repatriating them.

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