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France Says Will Suspend Weapons Sales to Turkey

France Says Will Suspend Weapons Sales to Turkey

Sunday, 13 October, 2019 - 10:30
Members of the American Rojava Center for Democracy, an organization that advocates for freedom, democracy, and peace in Syria, take part with other activists in a rally to protest Turkey's incursion into Kurdish-controlled northeast Syria and urge U.S. action against Turkey, outside the White House in Washington, U.S, October 12, 2019. REUTERS/Carlos Jasso

France announced on Saturday it has suspended all weapon sales to Turkey.

It has also warned Ankara that its offensive in northern Syria threatened European security, Reuters reported.

"In expectation of the end of this offensive, France has decided to suspend all plans to export to Turkey weapons that could be used in this offensive.

This decision is with immediate effect," a joint statement from the foreign and defence ministries said.

It added that the European Union foreign ministers would coordinate their position on Monday at a meeting in Luxembourg.

Meanwhile, thousands marched in Austria and Switzerland against the Turkish offensive in Syria.

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