Turkish foreign minister accuses France, Israel of establishing terror state in Syria
Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu on Friday accused France and Israel of the craving to establish a terrorist state in Syria, pro-government daily Hürriyet reported.
France and Israel were among the first countries to strongly condemn Turkey's offensive targeting the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) and its affiliates, which Ankara sees as offshoots of outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK).
France later halted future arms exports to Turkey and Israel said it considered sending arms to Kurdish forces.
"They wanted to establish a terror state there," Çavuşoğlu said. "And this was spearheaded by France and Israel, I speak very clearly. This is the reason behind the breaking out."
Turkish offensive was launched on Oct. 9 to create a safe zone along its border with Syria that is cleared of Syrian Kurdish forces, where millions of Turkey’s Syrian refugees plan to be resettled.
Some 365,000 Syrian refugees residing in Turkey have already returned to settlements within what Ankara calls safe zone, according to Çavuşoğlu.