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Cavusoglu: ‘We aim to strengthen our relations with France on the basis of mutual respect,’

Turkish and French foreign ministers discussed “multidimensional relations and regional and international issues” in Paris on Monday, the top Turkish diplomat said.

“We discussed our multidimensional relations and regional and international issues with my French counterpart Jean-Yves Le Drian,” Mevlut Cavusoglu said on Twitter after the meeting.

“We aim to strengthen our relations with France on the basis of mutual respect,” he added, on the last day of a two-day visit to France at the invitation of Le Drian.

“Turkey and France are two friendly and allied countries. And they will remain so. We must make sure that no misunderstanding will ruin this friendship, with which we are sincerely connected, “Cavusoglu wrote in a statement to the French daily L ‘Opinion on Sunday.

Regarding recent tensions between Ankara and Paris, Cavusoglu said this was unusual for the two allied countries.

He said recent contacts between Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and French President Emmanuel Macron gave them an opportunity to improve ties.

Cavusoglu said his current visit to Paris reflects this mutual will.

Later, in a statement regarding the meeting, the French Foreign Ministry said that the two officials agreed to continue discussions on topics of common interest.

The Turkish and French foreign ministers discussed issues related to Libya and Syria, as well as the Middle East peace process, she said.

Co-operation with NATO ahead of a leaders’ meeting on June 14th was also addressed by Cavusoglu and Le Drian, the statement said.

Turkey’s relationship with the EU and Eastern Mediterranean issues were also discussed, according to the French Foreign Ministry.

He added that the importance of economic and trade ties between Turkey and France was noted and expressed the desire to hold the next session of the France-Turkey Joint Economic and Trade Committee this autumn. /ibna

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