Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is on a diplomatic offensive to convince Western leaders and new ally Russia that Ankara's military operation against the Kurds in northern Syria is aimed at purging "terror elements" and not designed to permanently occupy Syrian territory.

Turkey's state-run media outlet Anadolu Agency reported that Erdogan told French President Emmanuel Macron during a February 3 telephone call that Turkey had "no designs on the territory of another country."

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