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Europe reacts to Operation Euphrates Shield
Europe reacts to Operation Euphrates Shield

Just weeks after a failed coup, Turkey's entry wins support from leading European countries

World Bulletin / News Desk

Messages of support were issued in European capitals on Wednesday in response to Turkey’s operation against ISIL around the northern Syrian city of Jarabulus.

German Foreign Ministry spokesman Martin Schaefer said the Euphrates Shield operation was part of international efforts to overcome ISIL in the region.

“I believe Turkey is acting in accordance with the anti-ISIL coalition’s aims and objectives,” Schaefer said at a news conference.

He added Turkish concerns about Syrian Kurdish groups in the region must also be acknowledged.

“Turkey is acting on the understanding that one section of the Kurds in Syria is linked to the PKK, which we also consider a terrorist organization,” Schaefer said.

“We respect this position. We believe Turkey’s struggle against terrorist actions is legitimate and we support Turkey in this regard.”

Meanwhile France welcomed “the intensification of Turkey's efforts, a coalition partner in the fight against ISIL,” the foreign ministry said in a statement.

It said a concentration of partner efforts of the international coalition was needed to defeat the organization.

The ministry also called for continued efforts to solve the Syrian conflict, which it said “can only be achieved through a political transition in line with Resolution 2254 of the UN Security Council.” 



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