President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and French President Emmanuel Macron exchanged letters between the two countries to reduce the tension that has been going on since summer.
Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu announced that the two leaders exchanged a mutual and positive letter. Elysee Palace and Turkish and French diplomats confirmed the statement to VOA Turkish.
Elysee Palace gave the message “We never said no to dialogue. But we need concrete gestures. The ball is in the Turkish President”.
Foreign Minister Çavuşoğlu told reporters on the plane on his return from Pakistan, “Our President wrote a letter to Mr. Macron to convey his New Year’s wishes and to express his condolences after the terrorist attacks targeting France. We received a response this week.”
Write in Turkish, “Dear Tayyip” he indicates the beginning Cavusoglu, “Relationships develop request, the importance they attach to Turkey, and stressed that desirable to meeting with our President in the coming period, nice, positive, we even received a letter in which some parts of the presence of Turkish expression. We presented our President. Our President also replied, “We will be glad to see you.”
Çavuşoğlu stated that the two leaders expressed their desire to have a pre-meeting via telephone or video conference before meeting face to face.
Elysee: “We need concrete gestures”
Elysee sources, confirming the letter to VOA Turkish, said, “The President replied to the letter he received. But now we need concrete gestures.”
Elysee sources emphasized that their attitude on this matter is clear, “The President has never refused dialogue with his Turkish counterpart, Erdogan, has always been open to dialogue to get results, but now President Erdogan has the ball.”
Elysee diplomats did not provide information on the content of the letter and the will to “talk via video conference”.
Get well soon message for Covid
the Turkish diplomatic sources, VOA Turkish language, “Mr. President, Covidien 19 captured France to get past the President after recovering and transmits Linguicide, Covidien-19 outbreak of the joint Turkey-France, Turkey-EU relations again with Mr. Macron about regional issues He said he wanted to exchange ideas. Mr. Macron replied that they could speak via a video conference. “
Desire to open a new page
The relationship between Syria and Libya, France and Turkey declined the crisis, the last 6 months, the Eastern Mediterranean and the Karabakh conflict also added, had come to mutual harsh statements from the two countries’ leaders.
While French President Macron said at the MED 7 summit held last summer, “Our problem is not with the Turkish people, but with its President. Such a leader does not suit the Turkish people,” President Erdogan said, “Macron is a scourge in the beginning of France. I wish them to be saved as soon as possible”. he used the expressions.
After the harsh sanction decision was not taken at the EU summit held in Brussels in mid-December, the Ankara government declared that they were ready to restore relations with the EU and France and “turn a new page”.
At the same time, the French and Turkish Foreign Ministers talked on the phone and stated that they agreed to “determine a new roadmap for the normalization of relations between the two countries”.