Ankara, Turkey – “When the facts are expressed, the West’s usual double standard ‘freedom of expression’ is ignored,” the foreign ministry said, while reacting harshly to the statements of France’s European and Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian.

“France is trying to explain a process of tension that France has initiated and escalated itself, while announcing the decision of France’s European and Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian to call the Ambassador to Ankara to Paris for consultations,” the foreign ministry said in a statement on October 25, 2020. The considerations expressed in the statement, Unfortunately, show that France’s unilateral and self-centered approach to events and our bilateral relations continues.

The French President and the French media have long been silent on the targeting of our president and our country. Also, there is no reaction to the reflection of cartoons that offend Muslims on state buildings in the guise of ‘freedom of expression’. When the facts are expressed, the West’s usual double standard of ‘freedom of expression’ is ignored. As a country that has been fighting all forms of terrorism and violence for many years, Turkey, like all the victims of these events, was saddened by the murder of Samuel Patty.

In France, our ambassador to Paris, the highest representative of our state, expressed this regret. Turkey’s sensitivity to terrorism does not include language, religion, race and thought. However, it is also significant that France, which for years did not need to explain once about our teachers who were killed by the terrorist organization PKK, is today entering into such sensitivity.”