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Turkey baffled by Trump’s pledge to exit Syria as Macron vows to step in

Ankara’s enthusiasm over President Trump's promise to pull out of Syria is dampened by President Macron’s promise to increase support for Syrian Kurdish groups opposed by Turkey.

The meeting between President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his Russian and Iranian counterparts, Vladimir Putin and Hassan Rouhani, in Ankara this week has gained added significance for Turkey in light of potentially game-changing developments in Syria.

First there was President Donald Trump’s remark about withdrawing from Syria, and then there was French President Emmanuel Macron’s vow to provide strong backing for Syrian Kurdish groups opposed by Turkey as terrorist organizations.

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