October 23, 2019 / 10:08 AM / a month ago

German defense minister wants U.N. mandate for Syria safe zone: source

German Defense Minister Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer arrives the weekly German cabinet meeting at the Chancellery in Berlin, Germany, October, 23, 2019. REUTERS/Annegret Hilse

BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany’s defense minister has told lawmakers she wants to get the U.N. Security Council to approve a safe zone in northern Syria, a source said on Wednesday.

Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer said NATO partners had signaled readiness to discuss her proposal, which was made public on Monday, two sources said.

Reporting by Andreas Rinke, writing by Riham Alkousaa, editing by Alexander Ratz and Joseph Nasr

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