Johnson urges Turkey to end offensive in northeast Syria, enter dialogue

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson urged Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan to halt military operations in northeast Syria and enter into dialogue, Reuters reported.

Turkey has been facing pressure from the United States and several European countries to halt its military operation against the Kurdish forces in Syria. Germany and France on Saturday announced that they had suspended all arms exports to Turkey, joining the Netherlands, Norway and Finland.

“The Prime Minister was clear that the UK cannot support Turkey’s military action. He urged the President to end the operation and enter into dialogue, and said the UK and international partners stand ready to support negotiations toward a ceasefire,” Reuters quoted a government spokesman as saying.

British Prime Minister also told Erdoğan of his “grave concern” at the offensive in northeast Syria in a phone call on Saturday, Reuters said.

“He expressed the UK’s grave concern about Turkey’s military operation in northern Syria which he said could further worsen the humanitarian situation there and undermine the progress made against Daesh,” the spokesman said, using an Arabic acronym for the Islamic State.