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

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

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

“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 Le Drian’s invitation.

“Turkey and France are two friendly and allied countries. And they will remain so. We must ensure that no misunderstanding comes to disturb this relationship of friendship to which we are sincerely attached,” Cavusoglu wrote in an op-ed for French daily L’ Opinion on Sunday.

On recent tensions between Ankara and Paris, Cavusoglu said this was unusual for 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 about the meeting, the French Foreign Ministry said the two officials agreed to continue discussions on subjects of common interest.

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

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

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

It added that the importance of economic and commercial ties between Turkey and France were noted and expressed the wish to hold the next session of the France-Turkey Joint Economic and Commercial Committee this fall./ibna