BEIRUT, LEBANON (4:10 P.M.) – The Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu stated on Friday that his nation is bring “peace and tranquility” to Syria through their Afrin offensive.

“The operation that we are conducting does not only aim to eliminate a threat against Turkey. It is also an operation that will bring tranquility, peace and stability to Syria and preserve the territorial integrity of Syria,” Cavusoglu said at a trade fair in the southern Antalya province, as quoted by Al-Anadolu News Agency.

In response to Macron’s criticism of Turkey’s operation, Cavusoglu hit back with “no worries, we are not France. We are the Republic of Turkey. We are Turks.”

“Those who see all countries […] as countries to be occupied or colonies and those who colonized them suppose Turkey is just like they are,” he continued.

“We know very well their history. We see how they are colonists,” he concluded.

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