France will not gain in any way by retaining forces to protect a Kurdish militia in Syria, Turkey’s foreign minister said on Tuesday, after Paris announced it would maintain a presence despite an imminent US withdrawal.
Turkey on Monday hit back at French President Emmanuel Macron over his comments that the weekend’s air strikes against the Syrian regime had driven a wedge between Ankara and its increasingly close ally Moscow.
A young French reporter who has been held on terror charges in Turkey for the last seven weeks is set to be freed Friday, his lawyers said.
French President Emmanuel Macron sought to secure the release of a French reporter detained in Turkey at the end of July, during a conversation Tuesday with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, a statement said.
French photojournalist Mathias Depardon returned home Friday after being freed by Turkish authorities who detained him near the Syrian border for a month.
The French president’s office says a French photographer has been freed after a month in custody in Turkey.