In a video name, the Turkish president says dialogue has all the time performed an essential function in relations as NATO members work to normalise ties.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan informed French President Emmanuel Macron that cooperation between the 2 nations has “very critical potential” because the NATO members work to normalise ties after bitter disputes final 12 months.
In a press release, the Turkish presidency mentioned on Tuesday Erdogan informed Macron in a video name that dialogue between leaders has all the time performed an essential function in relations.
“As two robust NATO allies, we will make vital contributions to peace, stability, and peace efforts in a large geography – from Europe to the Caucasus, the Center East, and Africa,” Erdogan mentioned.
He famous 2021 marks the centennial of the Ankara Settlement, which is the idea of Turkish-French bilateral relations and mentioned the 2 nations have “critical cooperation potential”.
Erdogan mentioned the 2 nations can take joint steps to combat “terrorism”, stressing it threatens each nations and their folks.
“We hope Turkey and France can act in solidarity on all these points,” he mentioned.
Bitter private feud
Final 12 months Turkey and France repeatedly traded barbs over worldwide points together with conflicts in Syria, Libya, Nagorno-Karabakh, and the Japanese Mediterranean. However the NATO members mentioned final month they have been engaged on a plan to normalise relations.
In January the presidents exchanged letters during which they agreed to renew talks geared toward mending ties.
Erdogan wrote a New 12 months message to Macron, expressing condolences for a number of assaults in France final 12 months.
Macron responded with a “very optimistic” letter, saying he was open to a gathering, Turkish Overseas Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu was quoted as saying by native media.
Macron’s response proposed collaboration over “bilateral consultations, terrorism, regional points similar to Syria and Libya, and a partnership on training”, in line with the Turkish official.
Diplomatic tensions final 12 months have been accompanied by a bitter private feud between the 2 males.
At a gathering with European Union leaders in September, Macron commented on the Japanese Mediterranean standoff between Turkey and Greece saying: “The folks of Turkey, who’re a terrific folks, deserve one thing else.”
Ankara slammed the remark as meddling in home affairs.
In October, Macron mentioned Islam was a faith “in disaster” globally, triggering a harsh response within the Muslim world, which referred to as for a boycott of French products.
Erdogan joined the decision and mentioned, on two completely different events, that Macron wanted a mental health checkup, prompting France to recall its envoy to Turkey in October for consultations after deeming Erdogan’s speech “unacceptable”.
He additionally accused Macron of “Islamophobia” and urged French voters to “eliminate Macron as quickly as potential”.
Heeding calls from France and Greece, the EU in December agreed to prepare an expanded list of Turkish people to sanction for Ankara’s choice to drill for pure gasoline in Japanese Mediterranean waters close to Cyprus, however postponed any harsher steps till March.