French President Emmanuel Macron said Thursday that he wants to meet with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and hold talks despite “profound differences of opinion”.
“We have deep differences and we know it. We have sometimes had controversies and we accept them. “But despite the disagreements, we always have to talk,” Macron was quoted as saying by Le Monde in response to a question at a news conference in Paris ahead of the G7 summit and NATO ministerial meeting in Brussels.
He also stated that now it is also a matter of talking about “unilateral operations” that run counter to the interests of the common alliance.
Macron said he planned to meet with Erdogan “shortly before” the NATO summit, which begins in Brussels on Monday.
“We both wanted it. I think that’s a good thing. “We need to see each other and get involved in dialogue,” he said.
The two leaders are likely to discuss the international situation regarding the conflicts in Syria, Libya and Nago-Karabakh. Macron said he also wants to seek clarification from Turkey on contentious issues within NATO, such as the provision of non-interactive weapons and unilateral operations against the interests of allies.