France increases tension by recalling its envoy: Turkey

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ANKARAFrance has increased the tension by recalling its ambassador to Turkey, the Turkish Foreign Ministry said on Sunday.

In a statement, the ministry said France was continuing its “one-sided and egocentric” approach to the incidents and in bilateral relations with Turkey.

He added that there had been no reaction from France to the projection of cartoons on state buildings in the country, which offended Muslims.

As Turkey fights against all types of terror and violence, the statement recalls that Ankara regretted the recent murder of a French teacher. “Our regret was expressed by our ambassador in Paris, the highest representative of our state in France.

The Foreign Ministry added that France had not made any statement regarding Turkish teachers martyred by the terrorist organization PKK for years.

Turkey does not discriminate against anyone on the basis of language, religion, race and thought when fighting terrorism, she added.

On Saturday, Erdogan responded to French President Emmanuel Macron’s remarks in which the latter accused Muslims of “separatism” and described Islam as “a religion in crisis all over the world”.

The Turkish president said: “What is Macron’s problem with Islam? What’s his problem with Muslims? He needs mental controls. What more can we say to a president who does not understand freedom of belief and who behaves this way with millions of different believers living in his own country?

Later, the Elysee Palace announced that France had recalled its ambassador to Turkey.
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