Erdoğan and Macron discuss Turkey-France relations at NATO summit – –

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Erdoğan and Macron discuss Turkey-France relations at NATO summit – –


President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron clarified several issues and posted a common goal regarding cooperation in Libya and Syria on the sidelines of the NATO summit in Brussels on Monday.

The talks with the Turkish president resulted in a clarification regarding Islam and showed a common goal of working together on Libya and Syria, Macron said after the 52-minute meeting.

Erdoğan told reporters on Friday that the two countries “will have the opportunity to discuss the positive and negative aspects of Turkish-French relations”.

Last week, the French leader said talks between the two countries were essential despite the differences.

Bilateral relations between France and Turkey have seen a rise in tensions in recent years. Ankara has repeatedly exchanged with Paris over its policies on Syria, Libya, the Eastern Mediterranean and other issues, but NATO members said in February they were working on a roadmap to normalize them. relationships.

Ankara and Paris had previously exchanged beards after French officials met in 2018 with the leaders of the Syrian branch of the PKK terrorist group, the YPG. The two countries were also at odds in Libya, where Ankara supported the United Nations-recognized Government of National Accord (GNA) in Tripoli against a 2019 offensive by coup leader General Khalifa Haftar. France was suspected of supporting Haftar but officially insists on his neutrality in the conflict. Turkish authorities have also denounced France’s interference in the dispute in the eastern Mediterranean, given that it has no territory in the region. The dispute between the two countries escalated further after France sent naval assets to the eastern Mediterranean to support Greek warships overshadowing Turkish ships in disputed waters.

Macron said he plans to meet with Erdoğan “just before” the NATO summit, which begins in Brussels on Monday.

“We both wanted it. I think this is a good thing. We need to see each other and engage in dialogue, ”he said.

The two leaders are expected to discuss international situations related to the conflicts in Syria, Libya and Nagorno-Karabakh. Macron said he also wanted to seek clarification from Turkey on contentious issues within NATO, such as the acquisition of non-interoperable weapons and unilateral operations against allied interests.

Besides Macron, the Turkish leader is expected to meet many other world leaders at the summit, including US President Joe Biden, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

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