Macron wants to meet Erdoğan ahead of NATO summit

Macron wants to meet Erdoğan ahead of NATO summit

French President Emmanuel Macron said Thursday he wants to meet President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and have talks despite “profound differences of opinion.”

“We have deep disagreements, and we know it. We have had controversies sometimes, and we accept them. But no matter what the disagreements, we always have to talk,” Macron was quoted by the Le Monde newspaper as saying in response to a question during a press conference in Paris held ahead of the G7 summit and NATO ministerial meeting in Brussels.

He also stated that it is now also a matter of talking about “unilateral operations” that run counter to the interests of the common alliance.

Macron said he planned to meet Erdoğan “just before” the NATO summit, which begins in Brussels on Monday.

“We both wanted it. I think it’s a good thing. We need to see each other and engage in dialogue,” he said.

The two leaders are likely to discuss international situations related to the conflicts in Syria, Libya and Nagorno-Karabakh. Macron said he also wishes to seek clarification from Turkey on contentious issues within NATO, like on procuring weapons with no interoperability and unilateral operations contrary to the interests of allies./ibna