Turkey on Thursday dismissed recent comments by French President Emmanuel Macron against Turkey's anti-terror operation in Syria.
"Macron's words, in my eyes, have no meaning," Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said, adding that the French leader "constantly hosts" terrorists at the Elysee Palace in Paris.
Citing a statement by German Chancellor Angela Merkel that Ankara is a NATO ally, Cavusoglu urged Macron to stand by its allies.
On Macron's comments that the NATO alliance had become a "brain dead", Cavusoglu said the French president disgruntled everyone, including NATO members, and drew criticism from all.
"Right now, there is a void in Europe, he is trying to be its leader," Cavusoglu said, adding that with such remarks, Macron could not be the leader of Europe.
Macron on Thursday said Turkey should not expect the support of its NATO allies in its anti-terror operation in northern Syria.
Turkey on Oct. 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.
Under two separate deals with the U.S. and Russia, Turkey paused the operation to allow the withdrawal of YPG/PKK terrorists from the planned Syria safe zone.
But the terrorists have failed to withdraw from some areas and continue to attack both soldiers and civilians.
In its more than 30-year terror campaign against Turkey, the PKK -- listed as a terrorist organization by Turkey, the U.S. and the European Union -- has been responsible for the deaths of 40,000 people, including women, children and infants. The YPG is the Syrian offshoot of the PKK.
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Turkey's ruling Justice and Development (AK) Party also slammed Macron's comments, with spokesman Omer Celik saying: "Macron should first face the situation of his own country which has held operations all over Africa to protect its colonial interests in disregard to [international] law."
Celik also said: "Macron's words on Syria is nothing more than France's intention to keep its colonial past in Syria alive with bright sentences."
On Macron's previous comments on NATO, Celik said that the critics of Turkey's fight against terror also worked towards Europe's "brain death".