Minister Çavuşoğlu: Turkey and France are two allies

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Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu met French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian in Paris, the capital of France, yesterday. After the meeting, Çavuşoğlu said on Twitter that they had discussed multidimensional bilateral relations, regional and international developments with Le Drian and said: “We aim to strengthen our relations with France on the basis of mutual respect”. In the written statement of the French Foreign Ministry regarding the meeting, the political situation in Libya, the NATO leaders summit to be held on June 14, Turkey-EU relations and the situation in the Eastern Mediterranean in the process leading at the EU summit on June 24 and 25 would have taken over. It was also specified that the ministers mutually reiterated their desire to hold a session of the France-Turkey Joint Economic and Trade Committee (JETCO) in the autumn.


In his article published in the French newspaper L’Opinion, Çavuşoğlu said that Turkey and France are two friendly and allied countries and that they will remain so, and that there should be no room for misunderstandings in order to do not harm that friendly relationship that they are sincerely attached to. Regarding regional issues, the minister said that increasingly common views and interests were determined between the two countries on many issues.


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Stressing that useful talks have taken place with France on Syria, Çavuşoğlu said: “Our differences of opinion regarding the cooperation of our allies with the YPG / PKK terrorists in the fight against DAESH can only be overcome when this cooperation will end. It should be understood that the main objective of the YPG / PKK is not to fight against DAESH, but to divide Syria and create a zone under terrorist control on the border of NATO and Europe.


Çavuşoğlu said that stability in Libya, the country’s political unity, support for the Libyan national unity government, a permanent ceasefire, the fight against terrorism and irregular migration are common priorities shared with the France.


Stating that Turkey has never had expansionist goals regarding the conflicts with Greece in the Eastern Mediterranean and that the dialogue with Athens is a confirmation of this, Çavuşoğlu said that Turkey will support the efforts of the Turkish Cypriots and the Greek Cypriots in the framework of the objectives of the negotiations.


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Çavuşoğlu also noted that the S-400 systems do not pose a risk to NATO security. Emphasizing that Turkey wishes to deal with the S-400 issue through dialogue, Çavuşoğlu said that the evidence presented at NATO regarding the French ship Courbet confirms that Turkey has not taken any hostile action against the allied ship. , contrary to what is said.

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