Turkish President Erdoğan briefs France's Macron on aims of Turkey's Operation Peace Spring
Turkey's cross-border military offensive dubbed the "Operation Peace Spring" in northeastern Syria will contribute regional, global peace and stability, Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan told his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron during a telephone conversation, according to the information released by the Turkish presidency on Monday.
Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan 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.
He also stressed Operation Peace Spring's future contributions to both regional and global peace and stability.
Before the phone call, Macron had criticized the operation, claiming in particular it could help a revival of terrorist group Daesh.
Turkey has pushed back against the criticisms, saying it expects its NATO allies to stand with it in fighting terrorism. He also accused countries which refuse to repatriate their nationals who joined Daesh -- like France -- of hypocrisy in anti-terrorist efforts.
Turkey last Wednesday launched Operation Peace Spring to eliminate terrorists from northern Syria in order to secure Turkey's borders, aid in the safe return of Syrian refugees, and ensure Syria's territorial integrity.
Ankara wants to clear northern Syria east of the Euphrates River of the terrorist PKK and its Syrian offshoot, the PYD/YPG.
In its more than 30-year terror campaign against Turkey, the PKK -- listed as a terrorist organization by Turkey, the U.S., and the European Union -- has been responsible for the deaths of 40,000 people, including women, children and infants.