- French President Emmanuel Macron Offers to Mediate in Turkey-Kurdish SDF Talks
French President Macron has said France wants to mediate between Turkey and Kurdish-dominated Syrian Democratic Forces in northern Syria. But Turkey has rejected the idea, calling the Kurdish militia a “terrorist” group.
French President Emmanuel Macron on Thursday promised he would send French troops to the northern Syrian town of Manbij to bolster the fight against ‘Islamic State’ (IS), the presidential office said in a statement.
Macron also sought to dissuade Turkey from advancing on Manbij, Khaled Eissa, a Kurdish official based in Paris, told reporters. Meeting a delegation from northern Syria including the Kurdish Peoples’ Protection Units (YPG), a part of the Kurdish-dominated Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), Macron said he hoped “a dialogue can be established between the SDF and Turkey with help from France and the international community.”
Macron said French forces would be deployed to Manbij “very quickly,” the newspaper Le Parisien reported, citing an unnamed Kurdish representative. This was the first visit of delegates from Rojava officials to the Elysee. The Democratic Federation of Northern Syria (DFNS) is commonly known as Rojava, an autonomous Kurdish region in northern Syria.