October 13, 2019 / 1:42 PM / a month ago

Germany's Merkel tells Erdogan to halt Syria offensive immediately

FILE PHOTO: German Chancellor Angela Merkel speaks to delegates of Germany's largest industrial union IG Metall during the trade union congress in Nuremberg, Germany October 10, 2019. REUTERS/Andreas Gebert

FRANKFURT (Reuters) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel told Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in a phone call on Sunday to bring to an immediate halt the military operation in northern Syria, a German government spokeswoman said.

“The Chancellor advocated an immediate end to the military operation,” the spokeswoman said in a statement.

The phone call took place at Erdogan’s request, she said.

Reporting by Arno Schuetze; Editing by Raissa Kasolowsky

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