Macron To Meet Turkey’s Erdogan After Rift
French President Emmanuel Macron said Thursday he would meet his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan ahead of next week’s NATO summit, after months of bitter exchanges between the two leaders.
The pair have locked horns over a series of international crises including Libya, Syria and Nagorno-Karabakh.
Macron has also warned that Turkey would try to meddle in France’s 2022 presidential election.
He has suggested that Ankara’s unilateral moves on the international stage and purchase of air defence missile systems from Russia have contributed to a “brain death” of NATO, where Turkey is a key member.
Speaking to reporters in Paris, Macron said he planned to meet Erdogan “just before” the NATO summit which begins in Brussels on Monday.
“When we are members of the same organisation, we cannot decide to buy equipment that does not allow interoperability, we cannot decide to carry out unilateral operations which are against the interests of the coalitions that we have built,” Macron said.
He added that the two sides had “profound disagreements” but need to “continue to talk
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