Macron says Turkey 'sometimes works with IS proxies'

Cheryl Sanders
December 4, 2019

Trump and French President Emmanuel Macron traded barbs at the start of talks Tuesday, and later that evening, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was captured on tape, purportedly poking fun at Trump's lengthy news conferences while chatting with Macron and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson.

Macron made the comment in a November 7 interview with The Economist, as he criticised a lack of coordination between North Atlantic Treaty Organisation members over Turkey's recent operation in Syria.

Stoltenberg also said he spoke to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and was working on a solution to the matter.

Relations between France and the PKK have a long history going back to the 1980s and 1990s when the late Danielle Mitterrand, the wife of former French president Francois Mitterrand, publicly voiced her support for Abdullah Ocalan, the terrorist group's founding leader, who has been in prison Turkey since 1999.

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North Atlantic Treaty Organisation leaders sought to make a show of unity on Wednesday as they met to conclude their annual summit, but the alliance's chief admitted a festering row with Turkey was still unresolved.

Also on Wednesday, Trump and Stoltenberg touted a defense spending increase of a combined $130 billion by the European allies and Canada since 2016. "We will tell them this openly", he said.

"The message to we need to move forward on these response plans and it can't be held up by their own particular concerns", Esper said as he flew to London.

In a first for the alliance, North Atlantic Treaty Organisation also held formal talks among its leaders about China's security implications.

"We're going to stick to our positions, and I think North Atlantic Treaty Organisation will as well", Esper said.

North Atlantic Treaty Organisation envoys need formal approval by all 29 members for the plan to improve the defence of Poland, Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia against any threat from neighbouring Russian Federation.

"We have now recognised that the rise of China has security implications for all allies", Stoltenberg said.

The leaders agreed that meetings in this format should continue.

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