October 13, 2019 / 2:16 PM / a month ago

Germany's Merkel tells Erdogan to halt Syria offensive immediately

German Chancellor Angela Merkel speaks to delegates of Germany's largest industrial union IG Metall during the trade union congress in Nuremberg, Germany October 10, 2019. REUTERS/Andreas Gebert

FRANKFURT (Reuters) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel told Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in a phone call on Sunday to bring to an immediate halt the military operation in northern Syria, a German government spokeswoman said.

“The Chancellor advocated an immediate end to the military operation,” the spokeswoman said in a statement.

The phone call took place at Erdogan’s request, she said.

Reporting by Arno Schuetze; Editing by Raissa Kasolowsky

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