Erdogan says France visit to improve bilateral ties

Baku, January 5, AZERTAC

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Thursday said his upcoming visit to France will improve bilateral relations, according to Anadolu Agency.

In an interview with French broadcaster LCI ahead of his one-day visit to Paris, Erdogan said Turkey and France will “take important steps” on economy and politics.

“France and Turkey have many important steps to take politically, strategically and economically,” the Turkish president said.

Erdogan, who is due to meet his French counterpart in Paris on Friday, said his relationship with Macron had “a good start”.

“I will make my first visit to Europe [since the beginning of the year 2018] to [meet] my friend Emmanuel Macron.”

The two leaders have already met at international summits, but Friday marks Erdogan’s first official visit to Paris since the election of the French president.

The Turkish president also noted that he had “excellent” contacts with former French presidents, including Jacques Chirac and Nicolas Sarkozy, during his 15 years in power.

“Now with Mr. Macron we are in a new era, we had a good start with Mr. Macron when it comes to regional and bilateral issues,” Erdogan said.

“The steps we took until now with Mr. Macron are all in the right direction and I have a lot of hopes in Mr. Macron, especially as we have trilateral cooperation among Turkey, France and Italy, in the field of the defense industry,” he added.

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