France calls on Turkey to reopen “responsible dialogue”


ANKARAFrench President Emmanuel Macron on Saturday called on Turkey to reopen a “responsible dialogue” on the eastern Mediterranean.

“In Ajaccio, we sent a clear message to Turkey: let’s reopen a responsible dialogue, in good faith, without naivety. This call is now also that of the European Parliament. He seems to have been heard. Let’s move on, ”Macron said. in a Turkish tweet.

Turkey accused Macron on Friday of adding fuel to the blaze in the eastern Mediterranean and making it more difficult to resolve the issues.

In an exclusive interview with Channel 4 News, Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar said the French president was trying to play the role of Napoleon who died two centuries ago, but Macron was not strong enough for it .

Akar said Macron was trying to play certain roles in the Eastern Mediterranean to obscure his problems in France.

He stressed that Turkey defends its rights and interests, recalling that it has approximately 2,000 kilometers (approximately 1,242 miles) of coastline in the eastern Mediterranean.

Regarding the EU’s attitude on the issue, Akar said the EU is not contributing to the solution and has become part of the deadlock.

He said the EU had no authority to set or change rules or draw borders in the eastern Mediterranean.

Tensions have recently intensified over the issue of energy exploration in the Eastern Mediterranean.

Greece has challenged Turkey’s energy exploration in the region, trying to box in Turkish maritime territory based on small islands near the Turkish coast.

Turkey – the country with the longest coastline in the Mediterranean – has sent drilling ships, with military escort, to explore for energy on its continental shelf, claiming that Turkey and the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus have rights In the region.

To reduce tensions, Turkey called for dialogue to ensure the equitable sharing of the region’s resources.

Meanwhile, Turkish and Greek military delegations held technical meetings at NATO headquarters in Brussels to discuss ways to reduce the risk of incidents amid mounting tensions in the eastern Mediterranean.

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