October 14, 2019 / 7:39 PM / a month ago

Erdogan explains aims of Syria operation to France's Macron: Turkish presidency

FILE PHOTO: Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan talks to journalists in Istanbul, Turkey, October 13, 2019. Murat Kula/Presidential Press Office/Handout via REUTERS

ISTANBUL (Reuters) - President Tayyip Erdogan explained to French President Emmanuel Macron the aims of Turkey’s operation in northeastern Syria in a phone call, the Turkish presidency said on Monday.

Erdogan said the operation would contribute to regional and global peace and stability, the presidency said.

European Union countries agreed on Monday to limit arms exports to Turkey over its offensive in northern Syria, prompting condemnation from Ankara, even as they stopped short of a bloc-wide embargo against the NATO ally.

Reporting by Can Sezer; Writing by Ali Kucukgocmen; Editing by Sandra Maler

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