On March 30, Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu announced that Turkey had rejected France’s offer to mediate between Turkey and the Kurdish-dominated Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) in northern Syria and described “unacceptable,” according to the Turkish Anadolu Agency.
“Who are you to mediate between Turkey and terror groups? .. This is what France does, trying to show themselves as important, to play a role in every subject. But this is unacceptable,” Cavusoglu said, according to Anadolu Agency.
The Turkish Foreign Minister also slammed France for hosting a delegation of the SDF and the Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PYD) on March 29 and said that the meeting shows France’s “double standard” on what he called “terrorist groups.”
The French Presidency office announced that France is ready to mediate between Turkey and the SDF to put an end to the Turkish-Kurdish crisis in the northern city of Manbij. A Kurdish official even claimed that French President Emmanuel Macron had said that during a meeting with the SDF and the PYD, that France is ready to send forces to Manbij.
However, a French presidential source denounced the Kurdish official’s on March 30 claims and said that France is not planning to carry out any new military operations in northern Syria besides anti-ISIS operations within the US-led coalition.
Macron’s administration has increased the French political interference in the Syrian crisis, for not so clear reasons. The French president even threatened to bomb the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) on countless occasions, so far.