Hollande: Turkey needs to do more against Islamic State, talk to Kurds

August 25, 2015 13:29


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PARIS - France said on Tuesday key regional players Iran and Saudi Arabia should be involved in finding a solution to the Syrian conflict and urged Turkey to restore dialog with Kurds while doing more to combat Islamic State fighters.

In an annual foreign policy speech to French ambassadors President Francois Hollande reiterated that Syrian President Bashar Assad could not be part of his country's future.

"All the players (involved) need to be part of the solution. I'm thinking of Gulf Arab states and Iran. I'm also thinking of Turkey that needs to be involved in the fight against Islamic State and needs to relaunch dialog with the Kurds."

Turkey has over the last month launched military operations against Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) targets in northern Iraq and southeastern Turkey in what it calls its "synchronized war on terror." Its critics say it has limited its strikes on Islamic State targets.

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