Published: Sun, December 01, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

You should get checked if you're brain dead: Erdogan to Macron

You should get checked if you're brain dead: Erdogan to Macron

French President Emmanuel Macron has despaired of the club's strategic direction, saying it is suffering "brain death" - riling other leaders and drawing a rare public rebuke from German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

Erdogan was speaking days ahead of a summit of the military alliance, which Macron has said is experiencing "brain death" because of US unpredictability under President Donald Trump and strained ties with Turkey.

Meanwhile, the French Foreign Ministry said in a statement that Ambassador Ismail Hakki Musa was summoned Friday to explain "unacceptable statements. that have no place in Turkish-French relations and can not substitute for the necessary dialogue between the two countries", according to the Associated Press.

North Atlantic Treaty Organisation touted increased allied spending and announced a new funding formula that reduces the amount the US pays toward its running costs, days before President Donald Trump was due to arrive in London for a summit to mark the alliance's 70th anniversary.

It is no longer Russian Federation or China, Macron said: "Our common enemy.is the terrorism which has struck us all".

"In order quickly as you could have a member who feels they've a proper to go off on their very own, granted by the United States of America, they do it", Macron had stated, referring to Turkey's army offensive into Syria following the troop withdrawal.

US President Donald Trump has repeatedly accused European countries of failing to pay their way and will be looking for evidence they are stepping up defence spending.

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The official added that France had "no comment to make on these insults". "These statements are suitable only to people like you who are in a state of brain death", Erdogan said.

But while there may be range of disagreements within NATO, Stoltenberg said the alliance has a long history of overcoming political disputes, such as the 2003 Iraq War when allies were able to look past differences.

In veiled remarks to European countries who have been criticised for not spending enough on security, Macron added: "Simply proclaiming one's commitment to collective security is not enough". "Jump up and down as much as you like. you will respect Turkey's right to fighting against terrorism sooner or later".

Turkey on October 9 launched Operation Peace Spring to eliminate YPG/PKK terrorists from northern Syria east of the Euphrates River in order to secure Turkey's borders, aid in the safe return of Syrian refugees, and ensure Syria's territorial integrity.

Macron made the "brain death" comment during an interview with The Economist magazine earlier this month.

Friday was not the first time he came under attack from Ankara after proferring criticism of Turkey.

"Macron "mentally ill"? Indeed, from the point of view of Erdogan, defending the Kurds, leaving its opponents at liberty, respect democracy, be faithful to its worldwide commitments and humanitarian law, it's pure madness", French philosopher Bernard-Henri Levy tweeted.

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