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EU must consider Turkish arms embargo, call for end to Syria offensive -France

A Turkey-backed Syrian fighter fires a weapon mounted on a truck in the town of Tal Abyad, Syria October 13, 2019. REUTERS/Khalil Ashawi

LUXEMBOURG (Reuters) - European Union foreign ministers must again condemn Turkey’s offensive in Syria, call for an arms embargo on Ankara and request that the United States hold a meeting of the coalition against Islamic State, France’s foreign minister said on Monday.

“This offensive is going to cause serious humanitarian devastation,” Jean-Yves Le Drian said as he arrived for a meeting with his EU counterparts in Luxembourg.

“France expects from this meeting ... a specific demand to end the offensive ... a firm position on arms exports to Turkey and ... that the United States holds a meeting of the international coalition (against Islamic State),” he told reporters.

Reporting by Robin Emmott; editing by Philip Blenkinsop

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