Turkey faces a strong blow over Syria Military operation

Turkey faces a strong blow over Syria Military operation

ISLAMABAD - France and Germany have announced that they are imposing an immediate halt to arms exports to Turkey over Ankara’s continued war on Kurds in northern Syria.

A joint statement from French foreign and defense ministries on Saturday said Paris had suspended all weapon sales to Turkey, insisting that the offensive launched into northeastern Syria was a threat to European security.

“In expectation of the end of this offensive, France has decided to suspend all plans to export to Turkey weapons that could be used in this offensive. This decision is with immediate effect,” said the statement.

The announcement came hours after Germany also said it had suspended all weapons sales to Turkey, a move that could seriously affect Turkish defense procurement as the country imports more than $250 million worth of German arms a year.

Foreign Minister Heiko Maas told the Sunday edition of the Bild newspaper that Germany would stop issuing any new permits for any military equipment that Turkey could use in its operation in Syria.