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Turkey, France to remain friends, allies: Turkish official

Turkey and France will continue to enjoy friendly relations, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said Sunday.

“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 the French daily L'Opinion.

He said relations between Ankara and Paris went through a period of tension, which is unusual for two allied countries.

Recalling that contact was established between Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and French President Emmanuel Macron, he said it gave them an opportunity to consolidate ties.

Cavusoglu said his visit to Paris reflects this mutual will, referring to his two-day visit to France starting on Sunday.

He said Ankara and Paris now share a growing number of common interests regarding regional issues, which recently made the two countries oppose each other.

Turkey and France share the same priorities on many significant subjects regarding Syria, he said, including the delivery of humanitarian aid, the need to move forward in the political process and preserving the country’s territorial integrity.


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