Syria Ceasefire Should Be Extended: Emmanuel Macron Tells Vladimir Putin.

Paris:

French President Emmanuel Macron on Monday told his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin that France wanted to see an extension of a ceasefire by Turkey in northeast Syria, the Elysee Palace said in a statement.

"The president underscored the importance of prolonging the current ceasefire, and of ending the crisis with diplomatic means," the presidency said after a phone call between the two leaders.

Turkey has agreed to halt its incursion against Kurdish forces in Syria until 10:00 pm (1900 GMT) on Tuesday if they withdraw from a 120-kilometre "safe zone" near the Turkish border.

Turkey has warned it will resume its attacks against any Kurdish forces left in the so-called "safe zone" after Tuesday night's deadline.

The call by Macron and Putin came ahead of a visit to the Russian resort city of Sochi on Tuesday by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan for talks with Putin.

Russia is Turkey's strongest backer, and will be key to Ankara's plans to extend the safe zone, which have been thwarted for now by the arrival of Syrian government troops.

Turkey views the Syrian Kurdish YPG militia as terrorists, though the forces were crucial to the defeat of the Islamic State group in Syria earlier this year.

Turkey launched its offensive on October 9 after US President Donald Trump surprised his allies in the anti-terrorist coalition by announcing that he was withdrawing the bulk of US troops from northeast Syria.

According to a Kremlin statement after Monday's call, Putin told Macron of "Russia's efforts aimed at stabilising the situation in the region," including by establishing contacts between the various parties.

The two leaders also agreed that "it was necessary to respect the sovereignty and territorial integrity" of Syria, the statement said, without providing further details.

The French presidency also said that Macron and Putin discussed preparations for a coming summit on ending the conflict in Ukraine.

Macron is expected to host the so-called "Normandy Four" summit with Ukraine and Russia as well as Germany, though no date has been set.

Moscow has said a number of conditions should be met before the four-way summit can take place, while Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelensky says Russia must pull its troops out of the country's east before any such meeting.

(Except for the headline, this story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is published from a syndicated feed.)

Follow NDTV for latest election news and live coverage of assembly elections 2019 in Maharashtra and Haryana.
Subscribe to our YouTube channel, like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter and Instagram for latest news and live news updates.

Related news

Suspected middleman in Daphne Caruana Galizia murder arrested.

Maltese government may offer pardon if suspect can reveal mastermind behind killingA man suspected of being the middleman in the murder of Malta’s most prominent anti-corruption journalist, Daphne Caruana Galizia, has been arrested, a police sourc...

When is it too cold to go to work or school and what temperature does it have to be?.

TEMPERATURES across the UK have taken a tumble today with many of us waking up to sub-zero conditions. We explain what your rights are when it comes to taking a day off work because of the cold weather, and lay out the regulations your employer mu...

Murdered Brit Grace Millane was a member of BDSM sites and asked ex to choke her in bed, trial hears.

BRITISH backpacker Grace Millane was a member of multiple BDSM dating sites and allowed a former partner to choke her during sex, her murder trial heard today. But the man told police he and the 21-year-old used a system of safe words and signals ...

Nawaz Sharif Flown To London In «High-End» Air Ambulance After Court Nod.

Pakistan's former prime minister Nawaz Sharif today left for London in an air ambulance for medical treatment for multiple diseases after the Lahore High Court allowed him to travel abroad for four...

Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam Urges Campus Protesters To Surrender.

Hundreds of mainly young protesters took over the campus at the weekend, holding off police assaults with a barrage of Molotov cocktails, bricks and arrows, in the most extreme expression of a popular...

Продовжуючи переглядати World News (UAZMI), ви підтверджуєте, що ознайомилися з Правилами користування сайтом, і погоджуєтеся на використання файлів cookie