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Turkey refutes French presidency's statement on Afrin


Turkey early Wednesday refuted a statement by the French presidential office about a phone call between President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his counterpart Emmanuel Macron, APA reports quoting Anadolu agency.

 

"Contrary to a statement by the French presidential office regarding a phone conversation between our President and French President Macron referring to UN Security Council Resolution 2401 regarding the humanitarian situation in Syria, Mr. Macron did not make reference to Afrin in the phone call," Turkish Foreign Ministry spokesman Hami Aksoy said in a written statement.

 

In the statement, the French presidential office said: "The President of the Republic stressed that the humanitarian truce applied to all of Syria, including Afrin, and should be implemented everywhere and by all without any delay to stop the spiral of violence in progress."

 

Aksoy further described the statement as "dishonest" and stressed that Turkey's "reaction" to the French presidential office "giving false information to the public" was conveyed to the French authorities.

 

The UN Security Council on Saturday passed a resolution calling for a 30-day ceasefire in Syria "without delay".

 

It calls for the medical evacuation of 700 people, particularly in the besieged Damascus suburb of Eastern Ghouta.

 

Eastern Ghouta has been under siege for the last five years, and humanitarian access to the area, which is home to some 400,000 people, has been completely cut off.

 

In the past eight months, forces of the Bashar al-Assad regime have intensified their siege of Eastern Ghouta, making it nearly impossible for food or medicine to get into the district and leaving thousands of patients in need of treatment.

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