October 21, 2019 / 5:14 PM / 22 days ago

In Putin call, French president urges ceasefire extension in Syria

FILE PHOTO: French President Emmanuel Macron speaks during a news conference at the end of the European Union leaders summit dominated by Brexit, in Brussels, Belgium October 18, 2019. REUTERS/Johanna Geron

PARIS (Reuters) - French President Emmanuel Macron said that it was important to extend the ceasefire in northeast Syria in a call with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday.

Macron also said he expected tensions in northeast Syria to be resolved through diplomatic ways.

The United States said last week that Turkey was suspending its offensive against Kurdish fighters in northeast Syria for five days. Turkey began its cross-border operation following Trump’s decision two weeks ago to withdraw U.S. troops from the area.

Reporting by Marine Pennetier; Writing by Matthieu Protard; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama

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