Turkey says the conversation with France about normalising relations works well with France.
Turkish FM Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu said on Thursday, following the clashes with Syria, Libya, the eastern Mediterranean, and Nagorno-Karabakh in Azerbaijan, and the prophet Muhammad cartoon publication in France, Turkey says that the talks to normalise relations and with France are working positively.Thanks to our long-standing alliance and the facilitation of more than 650 thousand Turkish nationals, France is a major trade and economic ally of Turkey.
In Oct 2020, however, a teacher named Samuel Paty talked about the cartoon of the prophet Mohammed in a classroom lecture on freedom of speech, costing him his life as he was murdered by a radical supporter of Islam. As President Erdogan attacked Macron and called him a mental patient who needs care, the ties between the two nations became stressed.The president of Turkey also urged people to boycott French products. Following this, a cover depicting Erdoğan was released by the French magazine Charlie Hebdo, which was heavily censored by Turkish lawmakers and which vowed to take action against it.
Cavusoglu, speaking in Lisbon with Portuguese counterpart Augusto Santos Silva, stated that the current tensions among NATO allies stemmed from Paris. Since the attack in Syria by Turkey in 2019 against the Syrian Kurdish YPG.”Turkey isn’t completely against France, yet France has been opposing Turkey since the Operation Peace Spring,” Cavusoglu said. The YPG is seen by Ankara as a terror group linked to Kurdish militants.
“We had an extremely constructive phone conversation with French partner Jean-Yves Le Drian, however, and agreed that we should try and work to normalise our relationships,” he continued. We’ve been trying to build a strategy to normalise relationships, and it’s been going well so far. If France is serious, Turkey is willing, too, to normalise relations with France.
The EU took correctional action in Dec 2020 over Turkey’s tensions with Greece and Cyprus over rights over offshore properties in the eastern Mediterranean, however, considering France’s previous attempts to sanction Ankara, it agreed to delay the steps until March.Following a lot of tensions, in a telephone call in Sept, Turkish President Erdogan and French President Macron tried to overcome their differences, agreeing to strengthen relations. However, when pressures erupted once again, the two leaders later traded accusations about a large group of issues.