Turkey’s foreign minister has accused French President Emmanuel Macron of being a “sponsor of terrorism”, dismissing the French leader’s criticism of Turkey’s Syria offensive.
Mevlut Cavusoglu told reporters that Mr Macron wanted to be the leader of Europe but was “wobbling”.
Last month Mr Macron hosted a senior official from the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF).
Image caption: Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu gave a strong response to comments by Mr Macron, Image copyright EPA
Turkey views a section of the group – the YPG – as terrorists.
Earlier on Thursday, Mr Macron said he stood by comments made three weeks ago when he described Nato as “brain dead”.
He said members of the alliance needed a “wake-up call” as they were no longer co-operating on a range of key issues.
He also criticised Nato’s failure to respond to the offensive by Turkey – a Nato member – in northern Syria.