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France vows support for Syria militants amid US pullout

A French official says his country has pledged backing for the so-called Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), a US-backed anti-Damascus alliance of mainly Kurdish militants, amid the planned withdrawal of American troops from the Arab country.
The Elysee Palace official said that advisers to French President Emmanuel Macron had assured SDF of their support in a meeting with the group’s figures, including co-chairs Ilham Ahmed and Riad Darrar, in Paris on Friday.
“The advisers passed on a message of support and solidarity and explained to them the talks France had with US authorities to continue the fight against Daesh,” the official added.
The remarks came two days after President Donald Trump unexpectedly announced that the US would be pulling all its 2,000 out of Syria. He also claimed victory over the Daesh Takfiri terror outfit in the war-torn state.
However, France, a leading member of the US-led coalition, purportedly fighting Daesh in Syria, said that it would keep troops in Syria.
“For now of course we remain in Syria,” France’s European Affairs Minister Nathalie Loiseau said on CNews television, noting “the fight against terrorism is not over.”
Separately, the French Foreign Ministry said in a statement that Paris had started talks with Washington on the timeframe and conditions for the US’s Syria withdrawal.
Meanwhile, Turkey, which has opposed American support for the SDF because it believes they are the same group as the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), stressed that it would take over the fight against Daesh in Syria.
In a speech in Istanbul, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Turkey would mobilize to fight the remaining Daesh elements and temporarily delay plans to attack Kurdish militants in Syria’s northeast.
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