Frenchman Macron calls for a common EU position on Turkey | News


French President Emmanuel Macron delivers a speech before dinner with local officials marking the anniversary of the liberation of Ajaccio on September 9, 1943, in Ajaccio, Corsica, France, on September 9, 2020. [Ian Langsdon/Pool via Reuters]

A summit of seven European Union member states on the Mediterranean to take place on Thursday will push for a common EU position on Turkey, said French President Emmanuel Macron, host of the meeting.He also said the EU wanted to avoid any escalation of tensions with Ankara.

“It is up to Turkey to clarify its intentions,” Macron said at a press conference in Corsica where he will host members of the EU’s Mediterranean coast for talks which are expected to include the bloc’s strained relations with Turkey. .

Relations between the EU and Turkey are very tense on a number of issues, including exploration for hydrocarbons in the eastern Mediterranean, where Ankara is in conflict with EU member states, Cyprus and Greece.

Macron also said that France and Germany were working on coordinated action to show solidarity with Greece, where thousands of migrants were left homeless on Wednesday after fires ravaged their overcrowded camp on the Greek island of Lesbos.



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