I told Erdogan to withdraw troops from Syria - Conte

Firm, resolute call from Italy says premier

17 October, 16:21

    ROME - Premier Giuseppe Conte said Thursday that he asked Turkish President Erdogan to withdraw his troops from Syria. He said he made a "firm, resolute call from the Italian side". In a telephone conversation with Turkish President, Conte said that Ankara's offensive against Kurdish forces in Syria was unacceptable, government sources said on Thursday. "There was no lack of moments of major tension given the firm, reiterated call by Premier Conte to stop this military initiative, which had has negative effects on the civilian population," the sources said about the call, which lasted over an hour.

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