Paris, France – Turkish presidency wrote a New Year message to French presidency, expressing condolences for several attacks in France in 2020.
France presidency sent back a “very positive” letter in response, saying France was open to a meeting.
France presidency expresses the importance of Turkey for Europe and its will to develop positive ties with Turkey as well as to meet Turkish presidency in the coming period.
France’s response proposed collaboration over “bilateral consultations, terrorism, regional issues such as Syria and Libya, and a partnership on education.
The French presidency confirmed the exchange of letters without providing details. “We now need tangible gestures” from Turkey, the French presidency said.
The European Union is now drawing up an expanded list of Turkish individuals to sanction for Turkey’s decision to drill for natural gas in eastern Mediterranean waters near Cyprus.
In 2020, France and Turkey sparred over a host of international issues, including the conflicts in Syria, Libya and Nagorno-Karabakh.
The diplomatic tensions have been accompanied by a bitter political discourse between the two countries.
At an EU meeting, France presidency remarked that Turks “deserve something else” than the policies of Turkey.
In October 2020, France presidency stated Islam was a religion “in crisis” globally, triggering a harsh response in the Islamic globe, which called for a boycott of French products.
Turkish presidency joined the call and stated, on two different occasions, that French presidency needed a mental health checkup.
Turkish presidency also accused France of “Islamaphobia” and urged French voters to get rid of French presidency as soon as possible.