Turkey says informing Syrian regime of new operation

Istanbul (AFP) – Turkey said on Saturday it was informing Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s regime of its new offensive against Syrian Kurdish militia regarded as a terror group by Ankara, in a rare official contact with Damascus.

“We informed all parties on what we are doing. We are even informing the Syrian regime in writing,” Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu told the 24 TV broadcaster. “Even though we don’t have relations with the regime, we are taking our steps in compliance with the international law.”

Turkey has been one of the leading foes of Assad’s regime since the outbreak of the civil war in 2011.

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