October 13, 2019 / 5:32 PM / a month ago

Macron says Turkey's Syria offensive may create humanitarian crisis

PARIS (Reuters) - France’s president said on Sunday he had told Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan and U.S. President Donald Trump in telephone calls that the Turkish offensive in Syria had to stop immediately and that it risked creating a humanitarian crisis.

“We have a common desire that this offensive ends,” Emmanuel Macron said alongside Germany Chancellor Angela Merkel. “This offensive risks creating an unsustainable humanitarian situation and to help Islamic State re-emerge in the region.”

Reporting by John Irish; Editing by Edmund Blair

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