France phone calls on EU to discuss relationship with Turkey – Reuters Africa

France phone calls on EU to discuss relationship with Turkey – Reuters Africa


PARIS, June 24 (Reuters) – France’s foreign minister on Wednesday known as on its European Union partners to maintain urgent talks on the bloc’s foreseeable future relations with Turkey, which has clashed with Paris over its part in Libya.

Ties concerning NATO allies France and Turkey have soured in recent weeks. Paris has criticised Turkey’s armed forces help for the internationally recognised government in Libya and its part in the Syria conflict. Turkey’s drilling operations in the jap Mediterranean are also a position of contention.

“France considers it essential that the European Union particularly swiftly opens a substantive dialogue, with absolutely nothing ruled out, without remaining naive, about the potential customers for the long run connection of the European Union with Ankara,” minister Jean-Yves Le Drian informed lawmakers.

The EU will have to firmly protect its individual pursuits, he additional.

On Monday, French President Emmanuel Macron accused Turkey of participating in “a hazardous game” in Libya. Turkey hit again on Tuesday, saying Macron must have suffered an “eclipse of the mind” to oppose Ankara’s aid for the Tripoli government.

With Turkish armed forces backing, authorities forces have reversed a 14-month assault on the cash Tripoli by forces led by Khalifa Haftar, who is supported by Russia, the United Arab Emirates and Egypt. Ankara states France has contributed to the chaos by backing Haftar.

“We want clarifications on the part Turkey intends to participate in in Libya in which I feel that we are witnessing a Syrianisation,” Le Drian reported, referring to Syrian fighters Ankara had introduced in to Libya. (Reporting by John Irish and Matthieu Protard Enhancing by Angus MacSwan)