R Istanbul, Mar 30 (AFP) Turkey today turned down a French offer to mediate with the Syrian Democratic Forces dominated by the Kurdish militia force deemed a terrorist outfit by Ankara, a presidential spokesman said.

“We reject any efforts to promote ‘dialogue’, ‘contact’ or ‘mediation’ between Turkey and those terrorist organisations,” Ibrahim Kalin wrote on Twitter.

French President Emmanuel Macron yesterday said he hoped “a dialogue” could be established between the two sides with help from France and the international community, after he met a delegation of Syrian and Arab fighters. AFP 30031238

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