ANKARA: Turkish Minister, French Speaker Discuss Regional Developmen

TURKISH MINISTER, FRENCH SPEAKER DISCUSS REGIONAL DEVELOPMENTS

Anadolu Ajansi
Sept 16 2009
Turkey

Ankara, 16 September: Turkey’s foreign minister and the head of
the French Senate met in the Turkish capital of Ankara on Wednesday
[16 September].

During his meeting with the president of the French Senate, Gerard
Larcher, at Ankara’s Hilton Hotel, Turkish foreign minister said that
Turkey appreciated the recent measures taken by French authorities
against terrorist organization PKK [Kurdistan Workers’ Party].

Commenting on relations with Armenia, Davutoglu said that Turkey
expected the normalization of its relations with Armenia, as well as
the termination of the invasion in the Azerbaijani territory.

Davutoglu said France could have a remarkable contribution to both
issues.

During the gathering, Davutoglu also briefed Larcher on his recent
talks in Iran and the latest developments in Syrian-Iraqi relations.

Regarding Turkey’s EU membership process, the Turkish foreign minister
said that there were many cooperation opportunities between Turkey
and the union.

Davutoglu said that Turkey was a part of Europe and this situation
was a historical reality that would never change.

Larcher said in his part that the French Senate supported the opening
of new chapters in Turkey’s EU negotiation process.

Larcher also said that his country expected Turkey to carry on with
reforms.

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