German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas condemned the decision of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to begin a military operation in northeast Syria and called for its cessation, noting the risk of strengthening the positions of the Islamic State terrorist group, the German Foreign Ministry said.

Earlier, the Turkish president announced the start of the operation of the Armed Forces of the country “Source of Peace” in the north of Syria, directed against the banned in Turkey Workers’ Party of Kurdistan and the Islamic State group

We strongly condemn Turkish offensive in Northeast Syria. Turkey risks further destabilization of the region & ISIS resurgence. We call on Turkey to end the offensive & pursue its security interests peacefully.

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