On March 29, the French Presidency office announced that France had offered to mediate between Turkey and the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) to put an end to the Turkish-Kurdish crisis in northern Syria.
Earlier, France’s President Emmanuel Macron held a meeting with representatives of the Syrian Kurdish Democratic Union Party and even the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG). Kurdish sources said that Macron had stressed France’s support for the SDF during the meeting.
According to Reuters, Khaled Eissa, a Kurdish official based in Paris, said that Macron had promised the Kurdish delegation to send French troops to the city of Manbij to dissuade Turkey from advancing on the town.
The Turkish National Security Council warned on March 28 that Turkey will take “initiative”, if the SDF does not withdraw from the city of Manbij.
Macron’s alleged promise to deploy ground troops in Syria could be linked to an earlier statement of US President Donald Trump, in which he said that the US will led “other people” take care of the situation in Syria “very soon”.